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Marine Sees Westboro Baptist Protesters Do This to the American Flag – What Happens Next Will Leave You Stunned


64-year-old retired U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran, Richard Pierce, attended a counter-protest to one being held by the deplorable Westboro Baptist Church members, taking place outside the funeral of Beau Biden, son of the Vice President.

Pierce watched one of the Westboro protesters dragging an American flag on the ground, something that caused him – by his own admission – to snap.

Via the Blaze:

Pierce’s anger swelled as he watched a female protester “walking across the highway, dragging our flag under her feet.” That’s when he “snapped.”

I lost my temper and the only way that I could demonstrate that is spill my coffee on them,” he recalled to the News Journal. But really, he threw his cup of coffee at two of the protesters.

A nearby officer reportedly arrested Pierce and he was charged with disorderly conduct. The only thing he regrets, however, is giving a platform to Westboro.

Check out this local news report on the incident, complete with comments from Pierce himself…

“So many people have died in defense of that flag. I don’t care who you are, you are not going to disrespect the flag. And if I have to go to jail to defend that flag, I’m going to do it,” he said. “I take that very strongly.”

Delaware House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf praised Pierce for defending the Biden family during a difficult time.

“With the exception of the spilled coffee, you pulled off a victory over hate and ignorance,” Schwartzkopf said.

Adding, “By the way, if that gentleman is found guilty I would like to pay his fine.”

Comment: What do you think of this retired Marine’s actions? Too far, or do the Westboro protesters need some comeuppance?



  1. Keith says:

    On the one hand, it is just a piece of cloth. But in this world we use words and symbols to demonstrate or feelings. This is a great nation. They absolutely have the right to picket. But it is against the law to do certain things to this flag, this symbol of what we believe. And because of freedom, I have the right to provoke them until they touch me. Then they will find out the cost of freedom. Coffee was to mild, but I applaud him, he did something that couldn’t really get him in trouble. I would have gone to jail for assault

  2. Jo says:

    Do the WBC have a flag of their own? Why not trample on that flag each time and where ever they go protest by everyone there?

  3. Deane says:

    Maynard–That woman he threw the coffee on, who was dragging the flag under her feet, was no “little old lady.” But she is old enough to know better. She showed no respect, so she doesn’t deserve any. They have been run out of Oklahoma before. I am proud of the Marine. And I hope, under similar conditions, I would do the same.

    1. Karen says:

      I agree with you, Deane.

  4. Vivian says:

    I don’t know who these people are but they are not true Baptist. Baptist believe in love and helping not hate and destroying.

  5. Sue says:

    I think he should have done more to them..
    They need to do them like the people in the south dare them to show up and protest… wait on them with Guns in Hand

  6. Rick says:

    I would like to buy that gentleman a new cup of coffee.

  7. Randi says:

    Be glad coffee is the only thing that was thrown at them I do not believe I would have been so generous.

  8. Leslie says:

    I am 75 and can guarantee I’d have broken some of those freaks’ bones, and maybe messed up the cop too…this is not just hot air, I’m quite capable…,quite a long time ago I made it to an ‘A’ Team in Army Airborne SF, and there are no religious duties that call for those hateful jerks to behave thus…while I, free-range old American, have the freedom to break up those jerks if and when I am willing to pay whatever penalties the law in its majesty decides…

    Oh, yeah, notice how the DOJ is bought and owned, bottom to top? Quick! can you name the Supreme Court Justice who took the 100,000 dollar check from Citizens’ United? What about the other two who take great honoria($) for attending meets and greets of billionaires…?

  9. Maynard says:

    I’m not sure that throwing hot coffee on little old ladies makes you a Marine 🙂

    1. Greg says:

      Okay, how about fighting for our freedom and then only to see this happen to our flag for the people you fight for? Does fighting for our freedom make him a veteran? May wanna think about the posts you put before making a comment like that.

    2. Harold says:

      Maynard; Having served aboard an amphibious ship in VietNam and and moved many Marines around and put them on beaches in some bad places all I can say is he has mellowed out over the years. She should have been the one arrested.

  10. michael says:

    I know it is not against the law to desecrate the American Flag for some reason, I know 1st Amendment, but is the Symbol of this Country and millions who have died for it. I’m a former Marine myself and I say oohhraa Semper Fidelis Marine. I would of lost it too. I’m so sick of Amercians stomping on the American flag, I know instead lets stomp on the Government instead.