A former Navy SEAL slammed the counter-protesters who burned an American flag outside Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-Calif.) Los Angeles office on Thursday.

Waters said the group of non-peaceful demonstrators, some of whom were not even members of her district, gathered outside her office because of a planned protest by the far-right group called the Oath Keepers.

The Oath Keepers did not show up, and counter-protesters instead decided to burn and stomp on a flag in the street while shouting, “America was never great!”

Waters said in a statement that she does not agree with torching the stars and stripes but she understands that the Constitution gives everyone the right to this form of free expression.

On "Fox & Friends," former Navy SEAL and New York congressional candidate Dan DeBono said burning the flag may be legal, but he finds it "unacceptable and despicable."


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"The protesters are attempting to soil the Republican Party and the president. And what they're really doing in effect is only soiling themselves," DeBono said. "They're only bringing dishonor on themselves by doing what they're doing."

He added that he's seeing more and more people on the left resorting to tactics like this to gain attention because they don't have a message and don't want to engage in civil debate with the other side.

"It's a desperate ploy, which is essentially going to backfire," DeBono said. "It's not acceptable to most Americans. And while it's legal -- it's something we will endure -- but we don't think it's the right thing to do."

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