A protest that was expected outside Rep. Maxine Waters’ office in Los Angeles failed to materialize, so some supporters of the Democrat congresswoman counter-demonstrated anyway, going as far as to burn an American flag:
There was no protest outside Maxine Waters office today. A group called #oathkeepers did not show up. Some counter protestors who came to support Waters burned an American flag in the street. #maxinewaters #flagburning #flag pic.twitter.com/pafH7nJrWL
— Carlos Granda (@abc7carlos) July 19, 2018
Flag on fire: A small crowd that gathered to support Democratic US Rep. Maxine Waters in LA pulled a flag from a passing pickup truck and burned it after chanting 'black power.' https://t.co/csQZW9YrTX
— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) July 20, 2018
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) July 20, 2018
Waters is one of the Democratic politicians who has called for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement https://t.co/TXJIhBdeoA
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 20, 2018
According to the Associated Press, the group had gathered with the expectation they would be confronting a far-right group, called the Oath Keepers, after they said they would hold a rally.
When a vehicle driven by two white men approached, the counter-protesters, who had been chanting “black power” and other slogans, stopped it, opened the doors, and grabbed the flag out of the back.
What a disgusting display.
So much freedom and tolerance… https://t.co/uPQliIEawS
— Michael Crass (@MichaelCrass7) July 20, 2018
Maxine Waters should be soooo proud! https://t.co/dmIs1ymHMp
— Melanie Hude (@HudeMelanie) July 20, 2018
Words fail me. https://t.co/sUgdsRMY1g
— Brice T. Pearson (@bricetpearson) July 20, 2018
Nope not a scene from the middle east https://t.co/RqNAY9Rc8J
— John (@magaman) July 20, 2018
America…a country so great even people that hate it don’t leave https://t.co/iD8WlElfqr
— El Diablo (@MakaveliOrDie) July 20, 2018
Funny how that works.