- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A small group of conservatives gathered at the Washington state capitol on Saturday to protest a Chinese flag that was hoisted up last week in honor of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s trade meeting with China’s ambassador to the United States.

A video posted by conservative activist Maria Bosworth showed protesters quietly carrying American and Gadsden flags as they witnessed a state worker lowering the flag under a state trooper’s supervision.

Jaime Smith, Mr. Inslee’s director of media relations, said the decision to fly the Chinese flag last week was simply a matter of protocol following a meeting with China Ambassador Cui Tiankai.

“The governor will often meet with dignitaries when they come to town. It’s a matter of protocol to fly their home country’s flag during their visit,” Ms. Smith told The Huffington Post. “Our state’s Department of Enterprise Services was going to lower the flag shortly after that anyway.”

Washington state Rep. Elizabeth Scott, who spent two years teaching in China, told the conservative website PolitiStick that she was “not amused” to see the Communist country’s flag flying at the capitol.

“I am working as hard as I can to preserve liberty for my children and to restore the liberty we have lost,” the Republican said. “The assaults on life, liberty, and property are daily and frankly, I was not amused to see this flag flying over our state capitol, particularly when our governor just made a big show out of ‘shaming’ Indiana for joining 19 other states with legislation to protect freedom of conscience. The irony was just too rich.

“So it’s OK to threaten a flower shop owner in our state with the loss of her house, business, etc., and we can mock other states for their attempts to protect freedom of conscience, but we’re totally fine flying the flag of a country that still throws people into prison camps because of their beliefs?” Ms. Scott asked. “It’s time to stand up and fight for our freedoms and remind elected officials that our state and U.S. Constitutions were set up to protect our rights to life, liberty and property. That is the whole point of governments being ‘instituted among men.’”

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