Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and other Democrat officials have criticized Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn for his speech over the weekend when he called for “one religion” in the United States.
What happened: Flynn made the speech at a ReAwaken America tour stop in Texas on Saturday. The tour is presented by American Faith, a Christian “nonprofit news media network.”
- “If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion,” he said at the rally. “One nation under God and one religion under God, right? All of us, working together.”
- Flynn’s speech ignited online backlash from many U.S. officials, including Lieu, who took to Twitter to voice his criticism against the former national security adviser. “Sure glad we live in a Constitutional Republic instead of a theocracy,” he said.
- Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a Muslim and the first Somali-American Congress member, called out the comments made at the event on Twitter, saying, “These people hate the US Constitution.”
- “This country was [founded] on independent and religious freedoms,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) told CNN in response to Flynn’s speech. “Folks left to come here in search of these freedoms. Now, he would love to see that taken away.”
About Flynn: Born in December 1958, Flynn served in the U.S. Army for 33 years from 1981 to 2014. He was also appointed as the director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 to 2014 under the Obama administration.
- Flynn was appointed as Trump’s national security adviser and assumed the role in January 2017
- Flynn later stepped down from his position in February 2017 after he pleaded guilty twice to lying to the FBI about his contact with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, during the Trump-Russia inquiry about the 2016 election interference. Trump gave him a full pardon in November 2020, NBC News reported.
- Flynn was also recently subpoenaed by the House select committee about the January 6 storming of the capitol.
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