VIDEO: Neighbor Demands Veteran Remove 'Symbol Of Hate,' Doesn't Go Over Well

"That flag right there? That flag ain't comin' down," the Air Force veteran said of his anonymous neighbor's threat.

Bozeman, MT – A United States Air Force veteran defended his right to fly the American flag outside his residence on Tuesday afternoon, after he says an anonymous neighbor left a threatening note on his front door (video below).

“Man, I don’t even know where to start,” Justin Schroeder, 36, said in a Facebook Live video. “I’ve met some stupid people in my lifetime, but this takes the cake.”

As he sat on the front porch of his home, Schroeder explained that he had just returned from running errands to find an anonymous letter taped to his front door.

“Dear neighbor,” he read aloud from the note. “I am disgusted you would fly this symbol of hate.”

Schroeder then panned the camera towards an American flag waving in the breeze on the front of his home.

“Judging by the trucks in your driveway, I can only assume you voted for Trump,” he continued reading, before he showed viewers the vehicles parked nearby.

“This is a disgusting house, and Bozeman deserves better,” Schroeder read, before interjecting a quick response.

“You’re right – it does. Pack your s--t and leave,” he commented.

The anonymous note-writer then issued a threat.

“If not taken down by tonight, I will take it down myself,” Schroeder read from the letter. “This is not a fight you want. We will win. Sincerely, your neighbor.”

Schroeder crumpled up the message and dropped the note to the ground before he issued his response.

“I’ve met some stupid f--king people in my lifetime, but I can tell you right now, that flag right there? That flag ain’t comin’ down,” he vowed.

Schroeder then walked out into the street and noted that he had just come to realize that he was the only person on his street who chose to fly an American flag outside their home.

Schroeder said he was “mind blown” that some “dips--t" would the “f--king audacity” to come onto his property to issue such a threat.

“I just don’t get it,” he said, shaking his head. “This flag is a symbol of freedom.”

He noted that just a few days prior, people were lighting off fireworks in celebration of Independence Day.

“This flag flies year-round at my house,” Schroeder said. “It will never come down.”

“And to the person that thinks they’re gonna try to take it down?” he added. “I’ll break your f--king fingers.”

The military veteran’s video had over 700,000 views and had been shared over 19,000 times as of Thursday afternoon.

“It’s been unreal the amount of support I’ve gotten from people,” Schroeder told Blue Lives Matter on Wednesday.

A stranger came to his house to drop off a new American flag, just in case the “neighbor” decided to make good on his threat to steal his, he said in amazement.

That second flag now hangs in a front window of his home.

Others offered to come “camp” outside his residence to protect him and the flag, and many people urged him to turn the matter over to police for his own safety.

“There’s no reason to bother the police,” Schroeder, whose father retired from the U.S. Border Patrol after 33 years of service, told Blue Lives Matter. “They’ve got bigger things to deal with.”

In addition to the positive feedback, Schroeder said he has also received a notable number of “death threats” and negative comments.

“It doesn’t phase me,” he said dismissively. “Somebody got triggered… If I was that person, I’d be hiding under a rock right now.”

He said he did make a couple of adjustments in the wake of the letter.

“The solution is pretty simple. I just moved the flag 10 feet higher. Somebody’s going to notice some guy walking down the street with a ladder,” Schroeder told Blue Lives Matter.

He has also installed some hidden security cameras, but nothing suspicious has shown up on them so far.

“Feel free to have your freedom of speech, but this crosses the line,” Schroeder said of the incident. “The American flag, to me, is a symbol of love. And I love my country.”

You can watch Schroeder's viral response below:

Comments (55)
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Corellia
Corellia

I'll stand next to it. Whoever long it takes.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

God Speed Schroeder! God Speed!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Probably someone like Burgers Allday. He hates this country as much as anyone I've ever encountered.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Sounds like the threatening note was written by one of those tolerant "liberals".

usac95
usac95

To look at Schroeder he is no one to F with His jackass neighbor better have health insurance

Budman
Budman

Very disrespectful towards a veteran! Thank you for your service!! God bless!! Screw that fucking neighbor!!

Bud
Bud

I wish I lived closer, so I could help with watching your back. Best of luck, and be safe!

sturnman22
sturnman22

lock, load and wait. You might get lucky and this POS will show with a weapon!

athenad
athenad

you are not the one promoting hate you are the one that defends our freedom you stand up for the flag you stand up for our freedom and one you have many behind you this mission is yours to win

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Wait, so he put this online?

How upset will y'all be when it's discovered he pulled this himself for YouTube likes?

ArtBeltran72
ArtBeltran72

I would went to every neighbors house asking if they've written that letter! F-n cowards write a note!

Joan1437
Joan1437

This God bless you sir , I am sure the person who wrote that lousy note never served in the service and probably wasn’t even born in our great country. Let us know where you live and where this jerk lives i’m Sure there are many veterans who will help you out

Oldschool5
Oldschool5

In prison, we call these kind of people "cell warriors". They're too coward to come talk to you face to face. Hang that flag high and proud!!

bbalthaser
bbalthaser

Keep on flying that flag. It means so much to many of us. I can think of many reasons its important to just me. My husband serves, and I served and my flag is displayed and my husbands is as well. If you want to really school your neighbors, call the American Legion and VFW, host a neighborhood block party, and fly more flags. And during that party show them why the American Flag is such an important symbol. People are so ignorant

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbshit, you mean like the liberals are known for doing? Trust me, Liberals don't like the U.S. Flag...

CraigTee-RetiredSD
CraigTee-RetiredSD

Is this still America? Land of the free, home of the brave? Where every man is entitled to his own opinion on things? Can I get an Amen here? Yes? Good! Because here's MY opinion... That guy wrote the note himself to showboat his "patriotism"

Now... here's the test! Can you allow somebody to hold an opinion the may differ from yours without lowering yourself to a bunch of childish name calling and labeling? Or do differing opinions piss you off SO much that you feel the need to lash out. Are people only allowed to have an opinion if it agrees with your own? If so... then how American are you REALLY?

and so the test begins.....

Farsider
Farsider

Brother, what's sad is that if you were flying a Rainbow flag or a Mexican flag, they would be electing you mayor of that burg.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Sailor moon 4 Life!!

flagwaver
flagwaver

What nut tree did Craig-Tee-RetiredSD fall from? Because you must hate that flag yourself you speak the lowest level of crap there is. God bless Blue LIves Matter and God bless our beautiful America. And God bless our beautiful flag. Long may she wave freely and unfettered!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Interesting story, but this has nothing to do with Blue Lives Mattering.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

No, the blue in the American flag is not supposed to be a symbol for our police forces.

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

It's always the most outwardly patriotic that bring the most shame to the flag.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

You seem to be confused on the meanings of patriotism and shame.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Coming from you that's rich! The US is the leader of the free world yet there are people in it that think the US flag is a symbol of hate?? Only leftie antifa nuts would think that way.

Bordercop
Bordercop

We support you Justin, you are part of the Blue Line family....nobody screws with Blue Line family without karma visiting.

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

@Bordercop You can't get offended and call someone a snowflake in the same sentence. And what i said still stands. It's always the loudest "patriots" that are the most embarrassing. Wearing American flag tank tops and shit? This guy posts his supposed encounter online just to get likes. It's attention-whoring.

ARMY VET
ARMY VET

FLY YOUR FLAG!!! MAGA!!!! WE STAND TOGETHER. MONTANA STANDS WITH YOU!

ARMY VET
ARMY VET

@ByAnyMeansNecessary - Your ignorance PRECEDES you. We are proud Americans, proud Veterans, Proud heritage. Your leftie brain is showing. Remember Bundy Ranch, We are now UNITED AGAINST THOSE WHO WOULD TRY TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY DOWN. IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN ON OUR WATCH. And to the idiot that threatened this A.F. Veteran, they have been put on notice that they will not succeed in forcing someone else to live in their spiritually bankrupt way of life. #Qanon, #GoTrump, And here comes ANOTHER 4 yrs in 2020 of the GREATEST POTUS in history. #Qanon, #WWG1WGA

sargefury
sargefury

it is time to identify these problem children and send them back to where they came from, if they are American then it is time to beat the crap out of them, lol

spitfire12
spitfire12

https://www.themaven.net/bluelivesmatter/user/@ByAnyMeansNecessary I wish I lived closer because I would happily kick your ass!

ChrisBlue
ChrisBlue

I'll buy your plane ticket to see that Split-Fool. You got a BrokeBackEnd don't you? I bet you do...

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Don't worry he'll never give up his address. He'll protect his location by any means necessary. Including pissing his pants.

USMC2519913
USMC2519913

Speaking as a U.S. Marine who risked his life and fought for this country, I am outraged by this and many other similar situations. Live strong and...SEMPER FI.

tday1973
tday1973

Don't mind the troll haters. Good for you I don't blame you a bit..they would really hate my house...my Trump signs are laid up against the wall inside the porch..everyone can see them ..that's the point.

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

@army VET 😂 You didn't have to tell me you were Army,I could guess by your comment. I'm a vet too, Navy. I've never known a veteran to fall for conspiracy theories...are you sure you served?

And I'm confused are you FOR or AGAINST the Bundy Terrorist Militia?

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

@spitfire12 😂 No you wouldn't, you old bitch. Stop all the internet tough guy shit, we will never meet up.

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

@ChrisBlue Save your money and buy more Trump accessories made in China.

ByAnyMeensNecessary
ByAnyMeensNecessary

Thank God my Trump sign was connected to an electric cattle fence.

TxComanche
TxComanche

I do believe in the first amendment. Everyone has the right to their opinion, and to share it. But people do not have the right to trespass onto someone else’s property. This Veteran has the RIGHT to fly our flag with pride. No one has the right to demand that he remove it. And they certainly do not have the right to make threats. The Left claims to be tolerant of all people, and yet are intolerant of anyone who does not agree with them on all things. I proudly support our military and our Veterans. I’m proud to be American. I love my country and my flag. I fly mine proudly. I’m proud to support our law enforcement. I taught my children that all of these people are the good guys and that they’re here to protect us. I’m teaching my 5 year old granddaughter the same thing. I’m proud to do so. To all our active duty Service members, Veterans and law enforcement members, thank you for your service.

Bob H.
Bob H.

SO let me get this straight , we've got a clown using the BAMN motto ( derived from Malcolm X) and a buncha Keyboard warriors running their yaps. I gotta laugh at the whole bunch of those particular triggered pusillanimous snowflake pussies. And what you lot that are castigating this man forget is that their are tens of thousands of other veterans within driving range of Bozeman that will willingly drive there to stand shoulder to shoulder with him in defense of that flag. And before y'all decide to run your yaps at ME , talk is a cheap commodity. To those clowns I say MOLON LABE.

Matmerle
Matmerle

Even we bleeding heart liberals love the flag. This story is 100% bullshit. Russia much?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Have we seen a copy of the alleged note? Trust, but verify, etc. Would like to see everything the note actually says. It is possible that this guy is a whack job.

MikeNew
MikeNew

What absolutely blows my mind is how some liberal people, such as this disgruntled neighbor, are so judgmental towards Republicans & Trump supporters & display aggressive behavior, yet they protest against violence & claim to exercise fair rights for all. They are the most hypocritical people....like that is the exact definition of a hypocrite! If they deserve the right to voice their opinion or to bear a rainbow flag, any flag, or no flag, then why don't we deserve the right to bear the very flag that allows them to do exactly what they're doing & exercising their rights?! Who are they to choose what we can & cannot do....after all isn't that exactly what they're protesting, which is not having someone dictate what they can & cannot represent? I cannot fathom how their thought process works....it absolutely makes zero sense whatsoever!

GeorgeJeff
GeorgeJeff

"I don't want to bother the police" in this case means, "I don't want anyone to notice my handwriting matches the note"