The man of the hour is a FedEx guy from Iowa who was filmed saving a few American flags from being burned at an Iowa City protest.
A small group of angry liberals had gathered in front of a mall to protest “racial and social injustice.” Somehow they reasoned that the best way to protest would be to burn the flags of the most just nation to ever exist. As the protesters prepared to burn the flags, a disgusted FedEx worker (whose actions are not connected with his employer), swept in and saved the flags from the fire.
Happening now: a confrontation on the ped mall as people burn an American flag as protest. pic.twitter.com/aPkMdls6oQ
— Stephen Gruber-Miller (@sgrubermiller) January 26, 2017
A group was out on the ped mall this afternoon burning flags in protest. FedEx driver jumped in to extinguish them. pic.twitter.com/ElW01BrIfu
— David Scrivner (@davidscrivner) January 26, 2017
In the aftermath police arrested 21-year old Kelli Ebensberger and 23-year old Paul Osgerby for violating the city’s public burn ordinance, which is a misdemeanor offense. The group did not have a permit for the fire, so it’s not that they were burning a flag that was the problem, it’s that they had started an unlawful fire.
While some on Twitter argue that the man was wrong for taking the flags (which were the private property of the protesters), most viewed him as a hero.
— Tringe 🐾🐎 (@tringe) January 27, 2017
— Paige (@Paigerz__) January 27, 2017