CNN commentator Sally Kohn said Wednesday that chanting “USA” is a “fear mongering” tactic that lately sends chills down her spine.
In a tweet, Kohn said that although she is a patriot, the chant, often started by spectators at sports events and political rallies, crosses a line.
“I am a patriot and I love my country but the way people have been chanting ‘USA’ lately, especially in response to nationalist hate mongering, sends chills down my spine,” Kohn tweeted.
Kohn has written a book, to be released in April 2018, which is touted as a “field guide to repairing our humanity.”
At Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, the crowd began chanting “USA” after President Donald Trump honored those who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. armed services.
During the chant, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.), a vocal Trump critic, removed himself from the House chamber. According to his spokesman, he was not protesting the “USA” chant, but left early to make it on time to an interview.