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During a weekend trip to Long Island, New York, MSNBC contributor Mara Gay said she was “disturbed” to witness “dozens of American flags” flown by Donald Trump fans.
The flag-flying Trump fans, according to the left-wing editorial board member of the New York Times, were also concerned by what she called expletives on the trucks criticizing President Biden, describing them as conveying a clear message: “This is my nation… not your nation.”
“This is mine.”
She is 31 years old.
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In response to MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski’s plea for a probe into the Capitol violence on Jan. 6, Gay said, “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,”
“I think that as long as they see Americanness as the same as one with whiteness, this is going to continue,” Gay added, shifting to race and stating that “Americanness” and “whiteness” must be distinguished.
Gay said, “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,”
She stated that Americans would continue to witness things like that until the country was ready to talk about “whiteness,” adding that she is concerned that “a big number of Americans” are unaware of the harm it poses.
She said, “That is the real concern. Because, you know, the Trump voters who are not going to get onboard with democracy, they’re a minority. You can marginalize them, long-term. But if we don’t take the threat seriously, then I think we’re all in really bad shape,”
Mara Gay is a member of the New York Times editorial board who covers state and municipal politics in New York. She has been with the New York Times since 2018.
She formerly worked as a City Hall correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. She covered Mayors Bill de Blasio and Michael Bloomberg, as well as “dozens of other stories that have changed the nation’s largest, most vibrant metropolis,” according to her author biography on the publication’s website.
Gay has also worked for publications such as the New York Daily News, The Atlantic, and The Daily. She is a New York City native who lives in Brooklyn and holds a political science degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.