Page Braswell told The News & Observer that she couldn’t remain silent after seeing the violence in Virginia. She didn’t know Joe Love, the man flying the flag. Still, she pulled into his driveway on Sunday ready for a confrontation.
“I thought, ‘What? This is my town,’” she said in a video that has since gone viral.
In the video, Braswell shows the flag as well as a sticker supporting Donald Trump on the man’s truck.
“Hey! What’s up with the Nazi flag?” she’s heard asking.
Love asked who she was and what the flag has to do with her. He tells her his name as well as a profanity-laced commentary. He said he wasn’t a Nazi but “this is Nazi f*cking America.”
He told her that the flag was none of her business but then asked, “Where do you live? What kind of flag do you fly?”
She responds that she flies a rainbow flag. He then called her a “queer” and a “lesbian.”
Braswell actually identifies as a straight, white married woman and doesn’t actually fly a rainbow flag, though she said that she would like one. His language was a shock to her, though she understands it is a typical thing members of the LGBT community hear all the time.
“They’ve got to be brave every day. There’s no reason I can’t be brave for two minutes,” she explained. “If people are doing it, we need to call it out. If we don’t, it’s just going to get worse.”
Braswell volunteers at the Charlotte women’s clinic, so angry protesters are not a new experience. She said that if the two had a civil conversation she might not have posted the video featuring the man’s name, address and family business. Instead, he attacked her and called her names.
In her Facebook video post she encouraged her friends to “share far and wide” in hopes that it would “run this Nazi out of town.”
In an interview with the Gaston Gazette, Love said that he only hung the Nazi flag because his three previous Confederate flags had been stolen.
“That used to be a religious symbol in India until Hitler got ahold of it,” Love explained. “A lot of people don’t know that… I agree with the symbol as it started out as a religious symbol. But as far as backing Hitler and being a white supremacist and Hitler, I’m not into that.”
The man did not clarify if he was a practicing Buddhist or a Hindu, however. Instead, he said he’d take it down and put up another Confederate flag.
Braswell said that the Confederate flag is “still horrible” but she probably wouldn’t have reacted so strongly because there are so many in her county.
Over the weekend, many encouraged conversations or confrontations against Nazis or white supremacists, but urged caution given the many reports of violence at the hands of the groups.
“Not everyone will be able to confront racism, but here’s the thing: We white people caused this mess, and it’s our mess to clean up,” Braswell said on Facebook. She is willing to take the risk, however.
“This is Gaston County,” she said, unafraid. “We are all armed and have lots of mean dogs.”
Watch her full video below:
GOP senator offended LDS community after likening Trump to a ‘selfless’ Book of Mormon hero: report
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"Sen. Mike Lee drew criticism from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this week after comparing President Donald Trump to Captain Moroni, a heroic and selfless figure in the Book of Mormon," The Arizona Republic reported Friday evening.
"To my Mormon friends, my Latter-day Saint friends, think of him as Captain Moroni," Lee (R-UT) said, pointing to Trump. "He seeks not power, but to pull it down. He seeks not the praise of the world or the ‘fake news,’ but he seeks the well-being and the peace of the American people."
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Former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) showed off the sense of rumor that put him on "Saturday Night Live" during a Friday night appearance on HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher.
The two politically-minded comedians had a fascinating debate on what would happen if President Donald Trump refuses to leave office on January 20, 2021.
Franken said that would be a good thing, as it would mean Trump lost and would be escorted from the premises. Maher, however, had far less faith in America's institutions.
The two agreed to disagree on the topic.
Franken urged viewers to vote for Democrats in Senate races, warning that if Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) remains in power he would block everything a potential Joe Biden administration might try to accomplish.
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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher reviewed the latest news on the Friday night before 2020 election.
"Four days until the election," he noted. "As Stormy Daniels once said, 'Let's just get this over with!'"
He noted the huge turnout and said, "the Supreme Court said some of the votes may even be counted."
"Trump has not been this scared of the mail since the draft," he joked.
Maher also took on the "Trump thugs" and counseled voters on an obscene comment they could say to MAGA poll watchers.
The host also discussed Trump's super-spreader events and the COVID-19 outbreak in the White House.