The debate over the Thin Blue Line flag continued at the opening of the new Biomedical Science and Engineering Building at the Universities at Shady Grove on Thursday.
Gov. Larry Hogan, who was at the grand opening in Rockville, commented on Elrich’s decision to ban the flag from being displayed at Montgomery County police stations. Hogan told reporters Thursday that this issue has become “far left nonsense.”
On Monday, Elrich said at a press conference that the flag has been appropriated by the Blue Lives Matter movement as an attack on the Black Lives Matter movement.
A number of community members showed up at the grand opening to show, waving Thin Blue Line Flags, to show Hogan they appreciated his defense of the controversial flag. David Gannon, one of those waving the flag, called the Thin Blue Line flag a symbol of support for police officers.
“It’s not a symbol of racism, it never has been, and that’s what it’s being painted as recently,” said Gannon.