American flags are always a welcome sight at rallies, but they are rarely seen flying on poles waved by protesters. The reason is that police at demonstrations fear a flagpole could be used as a weapon. It’s presumably for this reason the National Parks Service prevents permitted protesters from being able to bring flags on poles.
The thought that Jason Kessler couldn’t bring his flagpole along with his flag caused the rally organizer to take to the phones demanding answers.
“We were told we could bring flags as long as they’re off the poles,” Kessler said to a Washington, D.C. police officer.
“Well, they’re not off the pole,” the officer said, pointing at something off camera.
“We can slide them off,” Kessler said.
“You can’t take the pole downtown,” the officer replied.
Kessler relayed that to the person on the other end of the phone and waited for a response.
“What?!” Kessler said into the phone.
He noted that he needed to give the poles to someone, who could take them back to northern Virginia where the two dozen protesters were staying.
Watch the Kessler in the video below:
OMG, this video of Jason Kessler on the Vienna Station platform frantically making a call after they take his wooden flag poles away is delicious. #ShutItDownDC #UniteTheRight2 #AllOutDC pic.twitter.com/JMCha0PRV2
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 12, 2018
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It was something spotted by ProPublica developer and ex-reporter Derek Willis Sunday.
"That's never happened before," he tweeted.
He noted that the Texas GOP raised $3.3 million in August, but nearly half of that came from their national parents.
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