The left-wing editorial board member for Die New York Times was also distressed by what she called expletives on the trucks against President Biden, describing the flag-flying Trump supporters as sending a clear message: “This is my country … not your country. I own this.”
“The reality is here that we have a large percentage of the American population — I don’t know how big it is, but we have tens of millions of Trump voters who continue to believe that their rights as citizens are under threat by simple virtue of having to share the democracy with others,” Gay said in response to MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski calling for an investigation into the Jan. 6 Oproer van die Capitol.
“I think that as long as they see Americanness as the same as one with Whiteness, this is going to continue,” Gay said, turning to race and adding that “Americanness” en “Blankheid” needed to be separated.
“Ek was die naweek op Long Island by 'n baie dierbare vriend, en ek was regtig ontsteld. ek het gesien, jy weet, tientalle en dosyne bakkies met eksplikasies [sic] teen Joe Biden op die agterkant van hulle, Trump vlae, en in sommige gevalle net tientalle Amerikaanse vlae, wat ook net ontstellend is ... In wese was die boodskap duidelik. Dit is my land. Dit is nie u land nie. Ek besit dit,” Gay said.
She claimed Americans would continue to see things like that until the country was ready to have the conversation about “Blankheid,” adding her concern that “a large percentage of Americans” don’t understand the threat that it is.
“That is the real concern. Omdat, jy weet, the Trump voters who are not going to get onboard with democracy, they’re a minority. You can marginalize them, long-term. But if we don’t take the threat seriously, then I think we’re all in really bad shape,” sy het gese.
Gay received no pushback from the MSNBC hosts or her fellow panelists after making the comments. The Times and MSNBC did not respond to requests for comment.