National

CAMPING WORLD CEO: I’d Rather Be THROWN IN JAIL Than Remove Giant American Flag

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.03.19

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis is refusing to back-down to city officials regarding the massive American flag flying over his North Carolina store; saying he’d rather “go to jail” than take down the Stars and Stripes.

“The chief executive of a major RV retailer said he will not bend to a North Carolina’s city’s demand he reduce the size of an American flag flying on his property,” reports Fox News. “Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis dismissed the $50-per-day fine, criticism from the Statesville government and prospect of future imprisonment in an interview Monday with Martha MacCallum on ‘The Story.’

“The ordinance doesn’t matter to me,” said Lemonis. “If you look at the North Carolina statute, it says as long as it’s not impairing someone’s health and well-being it’s not a big deal.”

“They made the claim it could cause an accident on the freeway because it was too distracting — it was too beautiful,” he added. “When veterans show up at the stores for the flag raisings, and when they come on Saturdays and do their veteran rides, and they weep at the bottom of the flagpole, that’s the conviction that I need to say it’s just not going to come down. I would rather go to jail.”

Original Story: Published May 24, 2019

Camping World CEO and television host Marcus Lemonis flat-out refused to take-down the giant American flag flying over his North Carolina store this week; saying the stars and stripes won’t be removed “under any circumstance.”

“We have flown this flag for a long time,” Lemonis told Fox Business. “As I told the city…it’s not coming down under any circumstance.”

“I don’t normally advocate for violating ordinances and things of that nature, but we have 14,000 employees and several millions customers and I have a fiduciary responsibility to follow their edict as well,” he added.

— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 23, 2019

“We know that before the flag pole goes up and before the flag goes up we want to ensure that people are safe,” he said. “We are not messing with the FAA in terms of air traffic rules.”

Camping World in Statesville, North Carolina is refusing to cave to the local government’s efforts to remove a giant American flag hovering above the massive RV retailer; staring down an $11,000 fine that grows by $50 each day.

“The City of Statesville, North Carolina has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to require Gander RV in Statesville, NC to take down their American Flag. They are imposing a $50/day fine retroactive to 10/15/18. Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON’T DO IT! Stand with us.
This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down! Sign the petition – http://chng.it/9NstTr8nCS.
#americanflag #veterans #usa #freedom,” posted the store on social media.

STANDING PROUD: Camping World CEO Refuses to Take Down US Flag ‘Under Any Circumstance’

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.24.19

Camping World CEO and television host Marcus Lemonis flat-out refused to take-down the giant American flag flying over his North Carolina store this week; saying the stars and stripes won’t be removed “under any circumstance.”

“We have flown this flag for a long time,” Lemonis told Fox Business. “As I told the city…it’s not coming down under any circumstance.”

“I don’t normally advocate for violating ordinances and things of that nature, but we have 14,000 employees and several millions customers and I have a fiduciary responsibility to follow their edict as well,” he added.

“We know that before the flag pole goes up and before the flag goes up we want to ensure that people are safe,” he said. “We are not messing with the FAA in terms of air traffic rules.”

Camping World in Statesville, North Carolina is refusing to cave to the local government’s efforts to remove a giant American flag hovering above the massive RV retailer; staring down an $11,000 fine that grows by $50 each day.

“The City of Statesville, North Carolina has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to require Gander RV in Statesville, NC to take down their American Flag. They are imposing a $50/day fine retroactive to 10/15/18. Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON’T DO IT! Stand with us.
This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down! Sign the petition – http://chng.it/9NstTr8nCS.
#americanflag #veterans #usa #freedom,” posted the store on social media.

A similar incident occurred in July 2018, when an Air Force Veteran living in Florida sold his house after the local homeowners’ association fined him for displaying the American flag on his front porch.

According to the Post, the HOA deemed the flag an “unauthorized object” on his front porch and had to be removed.

“After filing a lawsuit in federal court, Murphree came to an agreement with the HOA that he could continue to fly the flag, only to discover a few months later that the HOA had made a new ordinance to remove his flower pot. He also discovered they were using money from his HOA dues to pay off his ‘unauthorized object’ fees, causing him to fall far behind in the dues. With foreclosure imminent, Murphree decided to sell his house three years ago,” writes the Washington Examiner.

“It just dawned on me there’s people that strap on a gun every day to protect me and the people I love. It’s a small flag, but it stands for a big thank you,” said Larry Murphree.

“He’s probably lost . . . hundreds of thousands of dollars of his retirement money, not to mention the time he’ll never get back from having to fight this battle,” said his attorney.

Read the full report at Fox Business.

PROUD PATRIOTS: North Carolina Store Facing $11,000 IN FINES for Flying Huge American Flag

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.22.19

Camping World in Statesville, North Carolina is refusing to cave to the local government’s efforts to remove a giant American flag hovering above the massive RV retailer; staring down an $11,000 fine that grows by $50 each day.

“The City of Statesville, North Carolina has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to require Gander RV in Statesville, NC to take down their American Flag. They are imposing a $50/day fine retroactive to 10/15/18. Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON’T DO IT! Stand with us.
This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down! Sign the petition – http://chng.it/9NstTr8nCS.
#americanflag #veterans #usa #freedom,” posted the store on social media.

The City of Statesville, North Carolina has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to require Gander RV in Statesville,…

Posted by Camping World on Saturday, May 18, 2019

“I don’t care if it goes to $500 a day. It’s not coming down,” said CEO Marcus Lemonis.

“My family has been car dealers, had been car dealers since the 1960s, and our key trademark was always flying our flag in our dealership in south Florida,” he said. “My family is largely immigrants of the country.”

A similar incident occurred in July 2018, when an Air Force Veteran living in Florida sold his house after the local homeowners’ association fined him for displaying the American flag on his front porch.

According to the Post, the HOA deemed the flag an “unauthorized object” on his front porch and had to be removed.

“After filing a lawsuit in federal court, Murphree came to an agreement with the HOA that he could continue to fly the flag, only to discover a few months later that the HOA had made a new ordinance to remove his flower pot. He also discovered they were using money from his HOA dues to pay off his ‘unauthorized object’ fees, causing him to fall far behind in the dues. With foreclosure imminent, Murphree decided to sell his house three years ago,” writes the Washington Examiner.

“It just dawned on me there’s people that strap on a gun every day to protect me and the people I love. It’s a small flag, but it stands for a big thank you,” said Larry Murphree.

“He’s probably lost . . . hundreds of thousands of dollars of his retirement money, not to mention the time he’ll never get back from having to fight this battle,” said his attorney.

Read the full story here.

+
Thank you for visiting Hannity.com. You are about to leave
Hannity.com and proceed to a site owned and operated by a third party.
Hannity.com has no control over the content of this third-party site.
Click OK to proceed.
OK
X
You may if you would no longer like to receive a newsletter.
You have been successfully unsubscribed!
Please see our Terms of Use and Privacy Notice .
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.