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Fox News guest equates Confederate flag to LGBT pride flag: "The exact same thing"

The right-wing media's deflection following Charlottesville has sunken to new lows


Taylor Link
August 15, 2017 8:53PM (UTC)

LGBT pride and reverence for the Confederacy are basically the same thing, according to one Fox News guest.

Conservative columnist Star Parker appeared on President Trump's favorite TV program, "Fox & Friends," on Tuesday, to offer her opinion on the bipartisan outrage surrounding the White House's reaction to Charlottesville. Before Tuesday's interview ended, Parker blurted out that the Confederate and pride flags are "the exact same thing."

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“You know what’s really interesting and really incredible irony here is the same people that are demanding that the Confederate flag comes down are the same people that are insisting that the rainbow flag goes up,” Parker told co-host Steve Doocy.

“These two flags represent the exact same thing. That certain people, groups are not welcome here,” she added.

Doocy had asked Parker specifically about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's statement on Trump's inadequate response to the white supremacist violence over the weekend. Pelosi said, "It shouldn't take the president of the United States two days to summon the basic decency to condemn murder and violence by Nazis and white supremacists."

Parker accused Pelosi of exploiting the death of a young woman for political gains, before sharing her uninformed opinion on flags.

Matthew Guterl, a race historian at Brown University, told The Washington Post in 2015 that the Confederate flag is a "reminder that the South was once a rebellious and treasonous actor on the global stage." He said that, historically, when African-Americans fought for their equality, "the battle flag was recovered and redeployed as a symbol of opposition to it." The Confederate flag excludes a certain people, a certain race.

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Therefore, any comparisons between the Confederate and pride flags are utterly nonsense.

H/T: Media Matters


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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