An outraged Republican congressman from Florida with a Purple Heart turned to Twitter on Thursday to denounce Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee for treating an American flag badly by tossing it in a trash bin while relocating to a new office.
After stepping on an IED in Afghanistan, Brian Mast lost both of his legs. He revealed his feelings while displaying a picture of the flag in a plastic trash can.
Mast stated in a video that was posted alongside his tweet, “So this is a WTF moment here in the House of Representatives.”
“People moving offices and this is apparently where Representative Sheila Jackson Lee keeps her American flag, her POW flag — in the garbage can, in the trash. That’s her idea of appropriate for moving the American flag,” he said.
“WTF?” he said, “What the hell is wrong with these people?”
Today’s rescue mission: saving Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s American flag from the garbage can. @JacksonLeeTX18, anytime you’d like a lesson on flag etiquette, let me know. It’s one of the first things we’re taught in basic training. pic.twitter.com/dZljLi41GA
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) December 8, 2022
“Today’s rescue mission: saving Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s American flag from the garbage can. @JacksonLeeTX18, anytime you’d like a lesson on flag etiquette, let me know. It’s one of the first things we’re taught in basic training,” Mast tweeted.
In support of that flag, Mast has contributed more than most, according to his formal House biography.
Mast received the Purple Heart Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Bronze Star Medal throughout his more than 12 years in the Army.
“While deployed in Afghanistan, he worked as a bomb disposal expert under the elite Joint Special Operations Command. The last improvised explosive device that he found resulted in catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs,” according to the book.
In a Fox News op-ed published in 2021, Mast blasted leftists who denigrate and disparage the flag and expressed his fury that Mara Gay, a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, had a problem with seeing American flags on pickup trucks.
“To be clear, I couldn’t disagree more with Gay’s statement, but I fully support her right to say it. The beauty of being citizens of this great nation is we have the freedom to disagree, to argue about that disagreement and ultimately, to nonetheless go about our lives as we choose. We have this freedom because there are those who have fought and will continue to fight for our right to do so,” he wrote.
“This is the sacrifice woven into our flag. When I see our beautiful 50 stars and 13 red and white stripes, I think about the many times I’ve seen this flag draped over the casket of my fallen brothers and sisters. They — men and women of all races and religions — died defending Gay’s right to disparage our nation’s flag,” he wrote. CONTINUE READING…