‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters in DC reportedy burned the American flag and chanted “America Was Never Great” on July 4th, according to NBC as well as Newsweek.

The protesters were outside the White House in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, just after President Donald Trump gave a July 4th speech, according to Newsweek.

The demonstrators burning flags were associated with the Revolutionary Communist Party and Refuse Fascism.

The groups also allegedly burned flags at demonstrations in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Reporter Alejandro Alvarez said some protesters tried to stop the group called RevCom, short for Revolutionary Communist Party, from burning a few small American flags.

After some arguments, the group managed to get a larger flag and set it on fire outside Lafayette Square to chants of “slavery, genocide and war — America was never great,” Alvarez added.

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Gregory “Joey” Johnson, an organizer of the flag burnings connected to the Revolutionary Communist Party, said the protest action was carried out in opposition to the president. Trump’s “despicable, fascist [Mount] Rushmore rant fueled my determination to burn not one, not two, but three flags – a confederate flag, a blue lives matter flag and an American flag today in Hollywood in front of Trump’s star,” Johnson said in a statement emailed to Newsweek.

Johnson was referring to Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore in North Dakota on Friday, which was viewed to be highly divisive by many Americans. The president strongly criticized far-left protesters and those who have vandalized or torn down monuments to historical individuals associated with slavery or other racist actions. Such statues and monuments have been targeted amid nationwide anti-racism and Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in police custody on May 25.

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