A small crowd that gathered Thursday outside the Los Angeles office of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters to counter an expected protest by a self-styled militia group burned an American flag taken from the back of a pickup truck, the Washington Times reports.
The Oath Keepers group was supposed to show up to protest against the congresswoman, but they never did.
“A group of counter-protesters there to support Waters were chanting “black power” and other slogans when the pickup approached.
“The vehicle, occupied by two men who appeared to be white, was stopped by the crowd. Some marchers opened the doors and one grabbed the flag flying on a pole in the bed of the truck, which sped off.
“The flag was stepped on and lit on fire as someone stoked the flames. A few people cheered and someone yelled, “This is not the American flag, this is their flag.”
The congresswoman sparked anger among conservatives when she publicly called for the public to “push back” on members of the Trump administration.
The Oath Keepers called Waters a “protest terrorist inciter” and said members intended to “stand against terrorism, stand for freedom of speech and association, in support of ICE/Border Patrol as they enforce constitutional immigration laws.”
The gathering was planned for the early afternoon, but police said then that Oath Keepers had informed authorities that the demonstration was called off.
“The Oath Keepers would like nothing more than to inflame racial tensions and create an explosive conflict in our community,” Waters said in a statement a day earlier urging counter-protesters to stay away.
It’s interesting to hear Waters label the Oath Keepers group as a conflict-starter when she openly called for the people to “push back” on cabinet members that they see in public.