Elder Patriot – Forty-five year old Marcus Anthony Lemonis is a successful American businessman. You may recognize him as the star of The Profit, a CNBC reality show where he saves small businesses by applying his business expertise.
Lemonis puts his money where his mouth is, as well, by buying into the failing businesses he’s working with before he begins working with them.
Besides being a television personality, he a philanthropist and politician. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Camping World, Good Sam Enterprises, Gander Outdoors and The House Boardshop.
Marcus Lemonis was born in Lebanon, but he makes no bones about his allegiance to America, flying massive American flags at 180 of his businesses across the country. Lemonis claims that at all 180 locations the flags and flagpoles are exactly the same size.
Each of those 180 flags is estimated to cost $100,000. That’s $18 Million worth of good old American patriotism.
That hasn’t stopped one North Carolina city from filing a lawsuit against his business for violating a city ordinance by flying an American flag that is significantly larger than what the city permits.
The city, Statesville, says the company only has a permit for a 1,000 square-foot flag–not the 3,200 square-foot flag currently flying over the business.
Lemonis counters that the flag has been on display since an October 2018.
The city says it has repeatedly asked Lemonis’ business, Gander RV, to replace the flag with one that is a permitted size but that the business has ignored the request. The city has resorted to imposing a daily fine that is retroactive to the day it was installed.
— Marcus Lemonis (@marcuslemonis) May 18, 2019
Lemonis appeared on Fox News’ Bulls and Bears to discuss the situation and his willingness to incur whatever fines are levied, but that he will not minimize Old Glory:
Lemonis: “We’re not going to throw the rules out the window, but for me rules are meant to really enforce people to not hurt people or to break kaws.
“In this particular case, I’m going to take it as far as I have to.
“We have flown this flag for a long time.”
“As I told the city…it’s not coming down under any circumstance.”
“I don’t normally advocate for violating ordinances and things of that nature, but we have 14,000 employees and several millions customers and I have a fiduciary responsibility to follow their edict as well and everybody is saying we’re not taking this flag down.
“The fine, as I’ve told everybody, make it $50, make it $500, make it $5,000, this is not about dollars and cents. This is about doing what’s right.
“If you told me the name of my business had to come off my building in exchange for the flag staying, I would say fine.
“I would never want to break the law or be in contempt of any court of any kind, but in this particular situation, I understand that if I don’t comply with that order that I could and would be arrested and out in jail until the flag came down.”
Lemonis then poses a question of his own:
“When is it time for the federal government to create a law that says look, as long as people are safe, as long as the FAA isn’t in trouble, there should be no restriction on the size of the flag?
“The flag isn’t a sign… It belongs to the country, the men and women that fought for us. It belongs to them…
… The flag does not belong to me. It does not belong to the city of Statesville. It belongs to the men and women that gave me the ability to enter this country as an immigrant, have a business, have a job, and I’m not budging!
Marcus Lemonis is the kind of immigrant Donald Trump wants. You got problems with that?