HADDAM, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town official is standing firm on her decision to kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance to protest President Donald Trump’s policies.
Haddam Selectwoman Melissa Schlag faced boos and shouts while she kneeled during the pledge on Monday and asked residents and politicians to not add words to her “silent protest.”
Schlag says she began her protest at a select board meeting earlier this month, saying it was to protest the Republican president’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his hard-line stance on immigration and other policies.
The Democrat says she has no plans to seek higher office and says she’s received harassment and threats over her protest alongside calls for her resignation.
Several critics and supporters attended the meeting.
Trump has said his immigration policies are meant to keep the country safe.
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