A Connecticut city official is under fire for taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance to protest President Trump.

Haddam Selectman Melissa Schlag, a Democrat, took a knee as the pledge was recited during a July 16 Board of Selectman meeting.

In a letter posted on Facebook, Schlag listed a number of reasons for why she knelt, including Trump's comments on Russia's election meddling during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the migrant family separation crisis.



Many Haddam residents took issue with Schlag's demonstration, and veterans are expected to attend the next meeting to express their displeasure, Fox 61 reported.

On "Fox & Friends," Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Tim Herbst called on Schlag to resign immediately.


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Herbst, a Republican, said Schlag has shown a lack of respect for America and the nation's fundamental ideals.

"It was appalling," Herbst said. "We all stand in respect for the flag because many people -- including my 93-year-old grandfather, who's a veteran -- fought in defense of the very liberties that that flag [represents]."

He said Schlag's kneeling is reflective of the attitude of many leaders in Connecticut, and he's running for governor because he wants to see a wholesale change.

"We need leaders that are going to respect our president, respect our flag, respect our Constitution."


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