Apparently, standing for the flag and kneeling for the cross is enough to get you pushed out of the Democratic Party these days.
Mark Salvas found that out the hard way. According to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Democratic Party executive director was forced to resign after a social media posting he made last year.
The social media posting? “I Stand for the Flag, I Kneel at the Cross.”
“I was asked by the chair of the Allegheny County Democratic Party to resign my position due to the controversy that was taking place on social media, and I did,” Salvas told KDKA on Wednesday.
“It’s never easy when people you have never met accuse you of things and call you names, and you’ve never met them.”
Salvas, a Marine veteran of the Iraq War, published the “stand for the flag” post last year.
“I’m not ashamed of my patriotism, not one bit. I fought for this country. I think I have a right to have a voice and be patriotic,” Salvas said.
As Written By CBS Pittsburgh:
Some on social media called that inappropriate for a Democratic party leader, including a second post from Salvas’ wife asking for support for their close friends, the family of officer Michael Rosfeld, who is accused of killing Antwon Rose II.
“What happened to Antwon Rose was a tragedy. I don’t think anybody doubts that. I think we can all agree on that. A young man lost his life and that’s a shame,” says Salvas. “Officer Rosfeld, Michael Rosfeld, is as close to me and my family as anyone could be. I have known that young man since he was literally 3-years-old. They are family to us.
Salvas says, like the Rose family, the Rosfeld family is struggling with the tragedy.
“They have been there for us in hard times, and my wife and I felt it was necessary to be there for them because family backs family,” he said.