Speaking to CNN's Jim Acosta on Sunday, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) addressed the recent speech by Michael Flynn, saying that there should only be "one religion" in the United States. It was something that Clyburn took issue with.
"If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion," Flynn said at a ReAwaken America event in San Antonio. "One nation under God, and one religion under God."
The speech comes amid VP inquiries during a panel discussion at the event. Audience members sent in questions, one of which included whether he would accept if former President Donald Trump asked Flynn to be his running mate. Flynn agreed enthusiastically.
"Well, you know, way back when this country was trying to give to itself, Thomas Paine, who was not even an American, looked out over the country and saw people and he wrote a little pamphlet called 'A Crisis.' This country is in a crisis right now. In that pamphlet, he wrote about summer soldiers and sunshine patriots. I put that gentleman, Mr. Flynn, among the sunshine patriot. They are patriotic to this country only when the weather is pleasant and pleasing to them."
Flynn, by contrast, spends a lot of time trashing the country and its leaders when it isn't his friends who are in power. Thus the characterization of the "summer soldier," who only wants to defend the U.S. when he chooses.
"This country was founded on independent and religious freedoms," the House Whip said of Flynn's speech. "Folks left to come here in search of these freedoms. He would love to see that taken away. I think that the American people need to pay closer attention to Mr. Flynn and all others who have been associated with the past president because they are trying to design an autocracy. They don't want this democracy to continue because they don't have any ideas, they don't have any constitutional principles. They don't even have individual principles. So, this country is teetering on edge. We better pay close attention to these guys and get them out of office. This gentleman, really, you know he's been indicted before."
See the interview below: