Long-time citizen activist Gene Stilp was in Tunkhannock Wednesday afternoon to burn flags embedded with messages with which he vehemently disagreed.
Among them were a President Donald Trump reelection banner, a Nazi swastika, a Confederate flag and the national flag of Russia.
On his second stop of a three-stop day, Stilp said he was exercising his Constitutional right of free speech to disagree with values he finds repugnant, including racism, bigotry, hatred, white supremacy, religious intimidation and ethnic intimidation.
Traveling with Stilp to Tunkhannock was Steve Connolley of Lewisburg, who said all the things Trump had been touting are “horrible values for Americans.”
Stilp is no stranger to Wyoming County having visited it numerous times in 2012, while running as the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District seat against the eventual winner, Lou Barletta.
Stilp said he had the courage to speak up when state legislators in Harrisburg voted themselves a pay raise in the middle of the night in 2005. He also said he spoke up in 1997, when members of Congress had a retreat in Hershey and he put a handmade replica in Lincoln’s bed with a parking meter to protest President Bill Clinton letting lobbyists sleep in the White House.