New York Times defends editorial board member who said she's 'disturbed' by 'dozens of American flags'

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The New York Times defended an editorial board member after she was criticized for saying it “disturbed” her to see “dozens of American flags” on Long Island.

“New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay's comments on MSNBC have been irresponsibly taken out of context. Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag. The attacks on her today are ill-informed and grounded in bad-faith,” the New York Times’s Twitter account for its communications team said Tuesday.

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The statement comes after Mara Gay joined MSNBC earlier on Tuesday and criticized Trump supporters.

"I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicatives [sic] against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and, in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing … Essentially, the message was clear ... 'This is my country. This is not your country. I own this,'" Gay said.

MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR 'DISTURBED' TO SEE 'DOZENS OF AMERICAN FLAGS' ON LONG ISLAND

The comment came amid a discussion with MSNBC co-host Mika Brzezinski about the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

"The reality is here that we have a large percentage of the American population — I don’t know how big it is, but we have tens of millions of Trump voters who continue to believe that their rights as citizens are under threat by simple virtue of having to share the democracy with others," Gay said.

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"I think that as long as they see American-ness as the same as one with whiteness, this is going to continue," Gay added during the segment.

The comments drew pushback on social media, and commenters also attacked the New York Times for defending the comments.

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“Spin away — we heard her loud and clear,” journalist Megyn Kelly tweeted in response to the New York Times.

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Gay has also responded to the criticisms she's received over her comments, tweeting: "I see I’m being trolled with the American flag this morning. Trolling a Black journalist with the American flag is not the own some people think it is."

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Original Author: Emma Colton

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