A Tennessee mayor lowered his town’s flag to half-staff to mourn for the country on the day President Biden was sworn into office.
“The Town of Bruceton grieves for our Republic and our loss of freedoms,” Bruceton Mayor Robert Keeton III wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “We mourn the victims of the Chinese plague and those that have suffered its depredations. We pray that God delivers and restores us and that we do not fall to the clutches of communism.”
The post drew criticism from many followers on Facebook, including one person who wrote, “This is one of the most unpatriotic things I have ever seen. As friends and neighbors die from COVID and our nation hurts, you use the town page to air your personal grievances? This is not the way to promote Bruceton as a nice place to live. Shame on you.”
The mayor defended the post against criticism and said he was referring to “constitutional rights” being trampled.
“It was just a commentary and prayer for our country,” Keeton, who is also an attorney, said about the post. “I’m an attorney, and I’m seeing our constitutional rights being trampled on virtually every day. And I’m concerned for our republic, even though I’ve lost people that I know to this Chinese virus.”
Keeton added that he’s concerned about conservatives being censored by social media companies.
“That’s not right, and the government isn’t doing anything about it,” Keeton said. “And I was raised that everyone had the right to say what they wanted to, and if someone disagreed with you, then that’s the way it is.”
Author: Andrew Mark Miller
Source: Washington Examiner: Tennessee mayor lowers flag to half-staff in mourning on day of Biden inauguration