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CT Town Lowers Pride Flag in ‘Honor’ of Fallen Cop, Outrage Ensues

A Connecticut town's decision to lower the pride flag to half-mast "in honor" of a fallen officer is deeply disrespectful.

In Wethersfield, Connecticut, the decision by local officials to deny the request to fly a ‘thin blue line’ flag in memory of fallen officer Aaron Pelletier has sparked considerable outrage among the town’s residents. The town council’s move to label the flag as ‘racist and antagonistic,’ choosing instead to lower an LGBTQ flag to half-staff, has highlighted the distressing state of towns under Democrat control. This decision clearly prioritizes political correctness over genuine tributes to those who risk their lives for our safety.

At a town hall meeting on Monday, emotions ran high as the community gathered to confront the mayor and council officials over this controversial decision. Deputy Mayor Matthew Forrest’s claim that the town stands with the police rang hollow to many, particularly to Debbie Garten, the mother of Deputy Robert “Bobby” Garten, who was also tragically killed in the line of duty last September. Mrs. Garten’s remarks at the meeting struck a chord with many, as she expressed her profound disappointment in the council’s handling of the situation, which coincided with Trooper Pelletier’s memorial services.

It’s utterly disgraceful to smear a flag intended to honor the ultimate sacrifice of a law enforcement officer as a symbol of racism. The decision to associate the “thin blue line” flag with such a vile concept, and then opt to lower the LGBTQ pride flag to half-mast instead of the American flag, is a stark insult to every principle of respect and honor that this nation stands for. The American flag represents our collective identity, our history, and the blood shed by countless Americans to protect our freedoms.

To sideline it in favor of a flag that does not universally represent all Americans, during a ceremony meant to honor a fallen police officer, is not just a misstep; it’s a profound misunderstanding of what it means to honor those who have laid down their lives for every citizen. When did we lose our way to the point that political correctness overshadows basic decency and respect for those who serve and protect our communities with their very lives? This isn’t just misguided; it’s a tragic degradation of our social fabric.

This entire debacle is a stark illustration of how detached some elected officials can become when they let ideological biases dictate their actions. Instead of uniting in support of our law enforcement, Wethersfield’s leaders have chosen division, showcasing a failure of leadership at a time when support and solidarity are most needed. It’s a sorrowful day indeed when a community’s protectors are denied the honor they deserve, all due to political correctness run amok. This isn’t just about a flag; it’s about respecting and remembering those who have given everything to keep us safe.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.