By now you’ve probably watched Mara Gay’s tirade against Trump supporters, the American flag, and “whiteness” writ large. The MSNBC clip of the New York Times journalist rocketed around social media this week as Americans of all stipes condemned her attacks on our flag while liberal elites came to her defense.

Her argument is simple—and simply racist: white Americans are a problem.

First, since leftists are claiming that conservative commentators are taking her statements out of context, here’s exactly what she said:

“The reality is that we have a large percentage of the American population… 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. As long as they see American-ness as one with whiteness, this is going to continue.”

“I was on Long Island this weekend… and I was really disturbed. I saw dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicitives [sic] against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases, dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing. Because essentially the message was clear: this is my country. This is not your country. I own this.”

And here’s the video:

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Her comments are so racist it’s hard to know where to begin.

First, she assumes that Trump voters are upset not because they lost the election but because they “believed that their rights as citizens are under threat by simple virtue of having to share democracy with others.” Gay’s comments are coded, but here’s what she means: Trump supporters are white racists and don’t want to share the country with non-white Americans.

Obviously, this is a massive stereotype, and one for which she doesn’t provide any evidence. There are zero polls that suggest a large percentage—or even a small percentage—of white Americans don’t want to “share democracy” with non-white folks. Trump secured the largest share of the black vote of any GOP candidate since the 1980s. He massively outperformed in heavily Latino areas, and the 2020 election has Democrats terrified that their vice grip on the minority vote is slipping.

To imply, in other words, that a large percentage of Americans or a large percentage of Trump voters believe whiteness is synonymous with American-ness is blatantly false and dangerously racist.

Gay does offer one piece of evidence for her claims. She explains that she recently visited a friend on Long Island, and she was “disturbed” to see Trump flags, bumper stickers attacking Joe Biden, and, wait for it… American flags.

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I’m not surprised that a liberal would be disturbed by any of these things, but she makes several assumptions and logical leaps that reinforce her racist attitudes.

She assumes from the outset that anyone with a pickup truck, a Trump flag, an anti-gun Biden sticker, and an American flag is white. This is so ridiculous it’s laughable. In Texas, where I live, you’re just as likely to see a black man as a white man driving a truck decked out in that paraphernalia. Maybe it’s different on Long Island, but either way, Gay assumes something about a person based on nothing more than their political beliefs.

And she doesn’t assume just anything. She assumes these Trump-supporting Americans are the worst kind of racists. She believes, based on their vehicle and patriotism, that they don’t want people like her to be in our country. These men and women differ from her politically, which means they must be the worst of the worst.

I hope I don’t have to explain how sick this is. If Gay decided to reverse her political positions tomorrow, Trump supporters would welcome her with open arms. I know this because, unlike Gay, I travel to dozens of states every year, and I’ve spoken with thousands of the pickup-driving Trump supporters Gay claims to know. These men and women aren’t racist. They disagree with Gay on virtually every issue, but their disagreement isn’t based on the color of her skin.

Gay’s attacks are unfair, misleading, and racist. There really isn’t any other way to say it. 

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.