NEBRASKA LAWMAKER CHAMBERS CALLS AMERICAN FLAG ‘A RAG,’ COMPARES IT TO SWASTIKA

Chambers referred to the American flag as “a rag” and compared it to a swastika during a Tuesday speech on the floor of the state legislative chamber.

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Breitbart: Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers (I-Omaha) referred to the American flag as “a rag” and compared it to a swastika during a Tuesday speech on the floor of the state legislative chamber.

Chambers made the comments during a floor speech where he was criticizing a bill, LB 399, which would update civics requirements in the state’s schools to improve student literacy “in civics, history, economics, financial literacy, and geography.”

“I don’t come here for this rag every day, and it’s a rag. That’s all it is to me,” Chambers said, referring to the American flag. “When you show a way to persuade Jews to sanctify and worship the swastika, when you show me that I’ll come up here and stand while you all hypocritically pretend that rag is something that it definitely is not.” Several lawmakers then criticized the 81-year-old state senator for his comments.

Chambers’ colleague, State Sen. Tom Brewer, who is also a military veteran, responded that “it’s hard” to refer to the American flag “as a rag” given how those who serve our country sacrifice a lot to respect the flag.

“I think I speak for most of us that have worn the uniform, it rips our heart out to hear someone say that they refer to the flag as a rag,” Brewer said. “Because for those of us that have brought home those that we’ve lost, it’s hard to ever refer to the flag as a rag because you have to fold it and you have to get it to the parents, and that’s awful hard to do.”

State Sen. Julie Slama, who sponsored the civics bill, also called Chambers out for “degrading” a revered symbol representing those who “sacrifice for our nation.”

“Sen. Chambers’ comments not only degrade a symbol of ultimate sacrifice for our nation, but they also minimize the horrors and millions of lives lost in the Holocaust,” Slama said.

Chambers, who has represented parts of Omaha since 1971 and is the longest-serving state lawmaker, has a history of making inflammatory comments during his time in the Nebraska legislature.

The Omaha World-Herald reported that, in a 2015 legislative hearing on concealed carry, Chambers put members of law enforcement on the same level as members of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group.

“My ISIS is the police. Nobody from ISIS ever terrorized us as a people as the police do us daily. And they get away with it,” Chambers said at the time.

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5 Comments on NEBRASKA LAWMAKER CHAMBERS CALLS AMERICAN FLAG ‘A RAG,’ COMPARES IT TO SWASTIKA

  1. Interesting life Mr. Chambers has lived: educated (obviously beyond his intellect) as an attorney who never practiced law due to his refusal to join the Nebraska Bar Association, he kicked around for several years, worked at the US Post Office, was fired for insubordination, then worked as a barber. Finally found his ‘niche’, as a politician, where he could let his distaste for authority run wild, and has done so for 48 years. The highlight of his strange life appears to be his lawsuit against God in 2007. Hmmmm, he seems to have a serious problem with authority. So, how did that suit against the Almighty work out for him? Well, the jury is not in yet, but at 81 years of age, a verdict is likely very soon? Sorry Nebraska, the fact that this person is still in your State Senate doesn’t say much for the voters in his district. But, as they say, ‘birds of a feather’…….

  2. Andrew W Natheson // February 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm // Reply

    Hi Rick,
    People are Entitled to Their Opinions etc.froblem is This Jack Ass takes it to Far, way to Far.If He Doesn’t
    Appreciate the Flag of His Country, Time to VOTE HIM OUT and VOTE in Someone Who Does Appreciate His Countries
    Flag. Not Amcn but I DO Have a LOT of RESPECT for the American Flag as Well as Our Canadian Flag.

    Tnx,
    Operator,
    Calgary.

  3. Does anyone see the real problem here? This man has served in Nebraska’s legislature since 1971 with a history of inflammatory diatribe. Omaha voters have re-elected him for fifty years (and still counting) and apparently Nebraska’s legislature has tolerated his treasonous position for half a century. What’s wrong with this picture? And yes, I know, we can name a few more bozos who crop up around the country just like this “gentleman” so maybe the real problem is with the voters…ya think?!

  4. Kelleigh Nelson // February 25, 2019 at 8:11 am // Reply

    This is one of the most disgusting displays of anti-Americanism I’ve ever seen, he might as well be a member of the neo-Nazi Antifa groups.

  5. Hadenoughalready // February 25, 2019 at 7:24 am // Reply

    In my most humble and personal opinion, every last one of these jihadis, seditionists, and turncoats should be rounded up and shot!

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