Anyone can fly any flag anywhere, right? Especially an unknown person in a crowd.
I mean, when a Communist hammer and sickle flag was flown in front of the White House back when Obama was inaugurated, it didn’t cause all that much consternation.
That’s because as all of us reasonable people know, anyone can fly a flag or wave a sign, and that doesn’t necessarily mean the person speaks for anyone but himself.
Well, sure. But leftist America, as represented by the Marxist currently occupying the White House, doesn’t see Communism as an endemic American evil, not like racism, of which the Confederate Flag is considered to be a prime symbol. Never mind that for most in the South the Confederate Battle Flag has nothing to do with a desire to impose slavery on black people, but instead reminds them of what they still consider to be a gallant moment in their history.
As Jeff Goldstein mentions constantly, intention matters. If this guy waving the Confederate flag is doing so because he intends to promote racism, then he is a racist. He could just as easily be waving a cross, another favorite symbole of the white-sheet brigades.
And, of course, he could be a plant.