Florida’s Democrat Senator Bill Nelson, who lost his reelection bid to Rick Scott after a dramatic recount, auctioned off the American flag at a campaign event to spite President Donald Trump, and conservatives are now selling it on eBay.
Nelson received the flag after President Trump’s inauguration in 2017, where the flag was one of 100 flags symbolizing the senate. After the inauguration, these flags were certified and delivered to each senator.
Nelson auctioned his flag at a campaign event “because he doesn’t support the president,” according to the eBay listing. The flag was then purchased by a collector, then by Republican strategist Derek Utley, who held on to the flag until after Nelson conceded his reelection bid on November 19.
After just three days, the bidding for the flag has already passed $3,000. Utley says 20 percent of the auction’s proceeds will be donated to good causes, with 10 percent assigned to the veterans charity Homes For Our Troops, and the other 10 percent donated to Meadow’s Princess Playgrounds, the new project of Andrew Pollack, who tragically lost his daughter in the Parkland school shooting and was criticized by the media for wearing a Trump 2020 t-shirt.
Speaking to Big League Politics, Utley says there has been tremendous interest in the rare flag. There were “49 bids in 14 hours,” said Utley, noting it’s very unusual “for these to come back” as most senators, even from the opposing party, choose to keep their piece of history.
When asked why he waited until after the election, Utley told Big League Politics that he wanted to see what the election would do to the flag’s price. According to Utley, “Senator Bill Nelson’s actions and words were not putting America first.”
While the amount Nelson received for the flag during his auction is unknown, the eBay auction shows no signs of slowing down with nearly 70 bids. The auction is set to conclude on December 2.
POLL: Truck Drivers Won’t Deliver to Cities With Defunded Police Departments
They will be on their own.
A poll conducted among truck drivers by an industry organization reveals that a substantial majority of drivers will decline to deliver shipping loads to cities that “defund” their police departments, a new progressive policy proposal gaining acceptance in many Democratic cities in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the race riots that followed.
The poll was conducted by trucking industry news site CDLLife. The company polled CDL license holders on its app, asking “Would you pick up/deliver to cities with defunded or disbanded police departments? Why or why not?”
A whopping 77% of truck drivers who use the app said that they would not engage in trucking in cities without police departments. Some drivers explained their reasoning.
“I will not deliver to an area with a disbanded police department. My life matter and I do this for my family. We are already at the mercy of these towns and cities with laws and hate against us for parking, getting a meal or even using a restroom.”
“For my own safety and security of my customers’ loads, I have already informed my dispatcher that I will refuse all loads to cities that have defunded their police departments.”
Trucking remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, more so than actually being a police officer. Department of Labor research has indicated truck driving is the most dangerous job in the country, rated through fatalities per capita.
One Minneapolis truck driver was attacked by a mob of rioters staging a roadblock on a public highway. The rioters were seen attacking the man’s truck and assailing his windshield after he tried to drive through their dangerous checkpoint. Remarkably, the driver himself was detained by the Minneapolis Police Department after the permitted rioters to shut down the highway, but was later released from custody without charges.
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