People who attended the Wednesday “Take Back Virginia” rally for the Republican Party’s nominee for governor, Glenn Youngkin, recited the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag that was flown by rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
The rally was headlined by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who kicked off the rally by repeated unsubstantiated claims about massive voter fraud in the 2020 election, according to The Washington Post, which also pointed out and Youngkin didn’t attend in an apparent attempt to “distance himself” from the controversial rally.
Rally emcee Martha Boneta then brought a woman on stage who she said was “carrying an American flag that was carried at the peaceful rally with Donald J. Trump on January 6.”
At the rally last night for GOP VA Gov candidate Glenn Youngkin, they said the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ to a flag that was carried during the insurrection on Jan 6, as if it was sacred or something. pic.twitter.com/NGEaFFAvdF
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 14, 2021
Youngkin later issued a statement saying it was “weird and wrong” to pledge allegiance to the flag.