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Camping World CEO Says He’ll Go To Jail Before He Takes Down His Gigantic American Flag

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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.

The city of Statesville is suing the dealership to remove the 40 by 80 foot flag, saying it violates a local ordinance that limits flags to 25 by 40 foot, according to NBC’s WCNC.

“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.

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“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.

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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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4 comments

  1. Laurel Puryear

    Good for Marcus Lemonis standing up for the right to fly our American flag. He is a good man and heads many good companies. He invests his time and money in many small businesses bringing them under his umbrella and bringing them up. God Bless him and God Bless America.

  2. I will NEVER take down my flags and don’t
    care who gets offended.

  3. Anthony Bohacik

    he should abide by the size of the flag and surround the property with about 200 of the correct size so no one gets offended

  4. Marcus is only using the American flag as a advertising tool, not because he is patriotic. Look at how many times “camping world” is mentioned. He is trying to remake himself after screwing his main customer base when he bashed Trump. He is using the flag like a modern day snake oil salesman.

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