Tensions rose in Wisconsin on the day before a crucial primary in the state known for cheese curds and progressive politics. Members of a group calling itself the “F*** Your Flag Tour” appeared at a rally for Donald Trump on April 3 in West Allis, Wisconsin, where they stood next to thousands of people waiting in line to enter the event at a local high school. They put a flag of the United States on the ground and stood on it where it lay muddied and soiled.
 
Their actions sparked heated exchanges with patriots and Trump supporters. The “F*** Your Flag Tour” was organized in 2015 and has been spotted increasingly at events in advance of the Wisconsin primary. When asked why the group is targeting Trump, a leading member reportedly said that it was because the Republican frontrunner allegedly did not denounce the Ku Klux Klan. 
 
A “F**YoFlag” website called for members to burn the flag last Sept. 11. The website says, “We the people, are psychologically and physically breaking free of the imperialist, colonialist, and racist empires by burning representations starting on September 11, 2015.” The members appear to be mostly African American.
Burning or defacing the American flag is not prohibited by law, and is protected by the First Amendment.
 
Members of the movement told that Fox News stepping on the American flag symbolizes their stand against black oppression, pointing specifically to recent controversial killings of black men by white police officers, such as the Laquan McDonald case in Chicago.  The group however claims it is not targeting Trump, but is opposed to “the entire political system including Hillary Clinton.”
 
In Arizona, for example, leftists blocked traffic in an effort to prevent Trump’s supporters from reaching rally venues. In February, leftists managed to infiltrate a Trump rally on the campus of the University of Illinois in Chicago, forcing the event organizers to cancel out of concern for the safety of the participants.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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