“[T]he same people that are demanding that the Confederate flag comes down are the same people that are insisting that the rainbow flag goes up. These two flags represent the exact same thing.” So columnist and author Star Parker, who is also the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. On Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends” broadcast, she reflected on the clash between white supremacists and Antifa leftists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. 

On Fox News, Parker defended President Donald Trump’s statement that denounced the violence, while saying that he had been unfairly criticized by Leftists. While news was still coming in about the violence, which claimed the life of a young woman, Trump had condemned the “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.” Leftists accused him of engaging in false equivalence by conflating the actions of the white supremacists with counter-protesters who came to Charlottesville to oppose them. 

“The point, at that point, was that the alt-right and the alt-left met in an American city over a very local issue. It escalated into a riot very quickly, and [Trump] needed to calm it down before it spread across the country,” Parker said.

Parker contended that there is an ongoing “culture war” in America where in the alt-right and alt-left are promoting extremism. “When you think about it, [former KKK leader] David Duke, [who] thinks that the president is dog-whistling him that we’re going to go back to the Confederacy is just as wrong as the hard Left that thinks that this country is not about traditions, limited government, open and free markets, and ‘E Pluribus Unum,’ many becoming one, not the multiculturalism and diversity that they keep promoting.”

Parker also criticized House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for attacking Trump. Parker accused Pelosi of exploiting the Charlottesville incident for political gain. She reiterated that there was violence committed by both sides in Charlottesville. She then spoke to the continuing controversy over the Confederate flag. She compared the Confederate flag to the rainbow flag, which typically denotes the LGBTQ movement. She appeared to equate the rainbow flag to anti-Christian views. “These two flags represent the exact same thing. That certain people, groups, are not welcome here,” Parker said. 

“So if Nancy Pelosi wants to say that we’re going to start shutting down First Amendment rights of a certain group of people, then what happens the next time that the homosexuals want to walk through an American city and protest and counter-protesters come out?”




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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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