When asked about views on flag-burning, Beto says “there is something inherently American about that… I’m grateful there are people willing to do that”
HOUSTON, Texas – On Monday, Congressman Beto O’Rourke was asked in a town hall what his views were surrounding the burning of the American flag. He ultimately answered: “I think there is something inherently American about that and so I’m grateful there are people willing to do that. “
Video of his response may be viewed below.
“Congressman O’Rourke not only called burning the U.S. flag ‘inherently American’ but also said he was ‘grateful’ for those willing to commit such an act,” said Cruz campaign spokesperson Catherine Frazier. “His position is an appalling display of disregard to those who have put their lives on the line to preserve the very freedoms the American flag represents. Texans certainly do not share such views which have no place in the Lone Star State.”
Transcript of O’Rourke’s response is below and full video of the exchange may be found here.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: What’s your view of the burning of the American flag?
O’ROURKE: “My comments about nothing more American, is that there is nothing more American than standing up for or in this case kneeling for your rights under the constitution. When the men and women serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, the gentleman who served in Vietnam. When they serve this country, they are not serving a President, they are not serving a political party, they are serving the constitution. This idea that we are a country of laws and that no woman or man is above or below those laws…..When there is use of force, there is a life taken and there is not accountability, there is not justice done, there is not the ability to prevent that from continuing to happen in the future and someone is willing to call attention to that, try to awake our conscious and to force us to do the right thing, in the face of that injustice and violence and to do so peacefully and non-violently. I think there is something inherently American about that and so I’m grateful there are people willing to do that.”