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“But Inside I Was Shaken,” Sarah Silverman Exposes Trauma She Experienced After Seeing American Flag

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Liberal comedian Sarah Silverman shared a story of a traumatic experience she went through. Seeing a waving American flag. No joke.

“I had a boyfriend many years ago, he was my first boyfriend who had his own house, and one day I went outside to see what he was doing, and he was hoisting an American flag up the flagpole in his front yard/ And I instantly felt very weird. It didn’t make sense, but I felt this feeling of like, um, I felt scared – yeah, I felt scared,” said Silverman.

She proceeded to ask her boyfriend why he was hanging an American flag. “Because I love America,” he replied. “I was like, ‘Right, right, of course.’ But inside I was shaken,” explained Silverman.

“I had no idea why I was freaking out. I just — I had this very visceral reaction, and my sister, who knows s**t because she’s a rabbi in Israel, explained to me, she was like, ‘Dude, nationalism is innately terrifying for Jews. Think about it: flags, marching, blind allegiance? These things tend to ring a bell for us,’” said Silverman.

“Right. Of course. Duh. It made sense,” she added. Later on she explained how saying America is “number one” is very offensive. “I fear that ‘We’re number one’ nationalism is really like an old bed buddy of racism and xenophobia,” said Silverman. Check out the video below.