A new Internet trend that involves people stomping on the American flag has caught the attention of U.S. Marine veteran Shane Lawler. He seems to the be the kind of guy these flag-stompers wouldn’t want to run into during their acts of “protest.”
The trend began after a Georgia man, Eric Sheppard, posted a video of himself stomping on the U.S. flag in protest of racism. Others online soon did the same and the stunt became known as the #EricSheppardChallenge on Twitter.
Lawler is not a fan of the "challenge."
The Marine vet recently posted a calm yet excoriating video message on Facebook addressing individuals who don’t seem to like the United States very much.
“What we have is a group of people who are challenging other groups of people to stand on the American flag, and desecrate it, dance on it, jump up and down on it, all kinds of silly things,” he said calmly.
Lawler then reminded the protesters that “at some point in history, my ancestors, your ancestors, everybody’s ancestors fought in some way, shape or form to be a part of this country and reside in the nation over which that flag flies.”
“If you don’t like what America has to offer, pack your s**t and get the f**k out,” he added. “There might be another country on this planet that is capable of dealing with your bulls**t, but that’s not me.”
Watch the Marine's full video message, which had been viewed nearly 10 million times as of Tuesday night, below (Warning: Some strong language):
#EricSheppardChallengePosted by Shane Lawler on Saturday, May 2, 2015
(H/T: Western Journalism)