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NYT editorial board member ‘disturbed’ by American flags on pickup trucks

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Mara Gay, New York Times editorial board member and MSNBC analyst appeared on Morning Joe to talk about Max Boot’s recent opinion editorial and also the “disturbing” number of American flags she’s seen on pickup trucks lately. She was trying to demonstrate Trump’s ongoing influence, even in “blue” Long Island.

“I was on Long Island this weekend … and I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens & dozens of pickup trucks w/ expletives against Joe Biden … Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing,” Gay said.

“Essentially the message was clear: ‘This is my country. This is not your country. I own this,'” she went on. To her, the American flag flying from a pickup truck is a relic of “Americanness” still not being “separated from whiteness.”

Twitter users started responding almost immediately. Former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright suggested that people should display flags in honor of her because “she gets absolutely triggered by them.”

New York Concordia University professor Gad Saad also poked fun, sarcastically suggesting to “ban the American flag for peace.”

Gay seemed undisturbed to see her clip make the rounds on Twitter. “Trolling a Black journalist with the American flag is not the own some people think it is,” she tweeted.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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