Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis won’t take down an oversized American flag he has flying over his RV dealership in Statesville, North Carolina, even if it means going to jail.
“If I don’t take it down, I will be in violation of the court order. Ultimately, their reaction is from the city that I will go to jail,” Lemonis told Fox News’s Martha MacCallum Monday.
“The flag’s not coming down,” he added.
The flag is flying over Camping World-Gander RV along to Interstate 77. The city is threatening to fine Lemonis $50 per day day retroactive to October 2018, when the dealership first insisted on flying the supersized flag in violation of the ordinance.
“I don’t advocate an ordinance being broken period. Let’s start with that. In this particular case, I feel like the ordinance was flawed. We’ve been challenging this for years,” Lemonis said.
Lemonis said that he flies oversized flags at all Camping World locations across the country.
Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh proposed a change to the ordinance Sunday to allow a flag of that size, which the city council will vote on in July.
“Now since the public outcry, all of a sudden an emergency ordinance change happening,” Lemonis, who also said the mayor has not yet contacted him personally, told WCNC.
“I don’t advocate an ordinance being broken period. Let’s start with that. In this particular case, I feel like the ordinance was flawed. We’ve been challenging this for years,” Lemonis added.
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