A Republican Nebraska state lawmaker is speaking out after one of his colleagues demeaned the American flag.

State Sen. Ernie Chambers (I) is taking heavy criticism for calling the American flag a "rag" and comparing it to the Nazi swastika.

Chambers made the comments Tuesday as he spoke out against a state bill that would update civics requirements for students.

"I don't come here for this rag every day, and it's a rag. That's all it is to me," Chambers said in reference to the flag. "When you show a way to persuade Jews to sanctify and worship the swastika, when you show me that I'll come up here and stand while you all hypocritically pretend that rag is something that it definitely is not."

Fellow state Sen. Tom Brewer (R) had an emotional response to Chambers' remarks as he introduced a different bill regarding military recruiters, sharing what the flag means to veterans and military families.


"I think I speak for most of us that have worn the uniform, it rips our heart out to hear someone say that they refer to the flag as a rag," Brewer said. "Because for those of us that have brought home those that we've lost, it's hard to ever refer to the flag as a rag because you have to fold it and you have to get it to the parents, and that's awful hard to do."

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On "Fox & Friends" Saturday, Brewer, who served eight tours in Iraq, said Chambers "despises" the flag and patriotism.

"It chewed away at my soul. And it was a point I couldn't hold the emotion back anymore, and I that's what caused that moment," Brewer said.

He lamented a growing "lack of respect," not just for the flag but the individuals who have defended it.

"We're in an age where it's almost like everything's been turned upside down," Brewer said. "There's enough hate and there's enough of a lack of understanding of our history and how we got to where we're at. And because of that, they don't show the respect they should to individuals or the flag."

Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.

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