During the campaign, Donald Trump attacked the NFL players who were trying to bring attention to the plight of young black males who were being murdered by police officers. Instead of acknowledging the problem, Donald Trump went on the offensive. Instead of acknowledging the problem, he attacked the players suggesting that taking a knee was somehow disrespectful to the country. As of December of 2017, it was reported that in 15 high profile cases of young black men being murdered by police officers, only one officer had served ANY time in jail.
Yet, Trump described this tragedy and NFL players trying to bring attention to it, as a “total disrespect” by the NFL players. He went so far as to bully the players, calling them “son of a bitch.”
Suggesting that these players are not patriotic is an outrage. Trump should never be allowed to call himself patriotic. He is an embarassment to all that is honorable about America. He has disrespected and violated the US Constitution, at least 9 separate times. He has criticized war heroes while finding ways to defer military service on at least 5 separate occasions.
Trump suggests that patriotism means support of him personally. Trump pardoned I. Lewis Libby Jr., who served as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. Libby, known as “Scooter,” was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2007 in connection with the leak of a CIA officer’s identity. Thus Trump has pardoned criminals convicted of crimes against our democracy. When presented with evidence of brutality by foreign dictators — at least ones he hasn’t found some momentary self-interest in confronting — Trump either praises their toughness or turns the question around on America. Isn’t Vladimir Putin a killer?, he was asked last year. “There are a lot of killers,” he replied. “You think our country’s so innocent?” Queried about a crackdown by Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said, “When the world looks at how bad the United States is, and then we go and talk about civil liberties, I don’t think we’re a very good messenger.” No American president has openly spat on his country’s ideals in the way Trump does so casually.
During the campaign, Trump publicly encouraged and exploited the criminal Russian theft of his opponent’s communications.
Trump invited Russians to the White House but only allowed Russian press to cover the event.
It was clear in January of this year that Trump didn’t know the words to the National Anthem.
So many lies,” Mr. Smith wrote. “Here are some facts 1. Not many people were going to go 2. No one refused to go simply because Trump ‘insists’ folks stand for the anthem 3. The President continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military.”
Perhaps the most obvioius truth is that since Trump invited the Eagles to the White House no game has been played where players took a knee. The Eagles won the Super Bowl in Feb.of this year. That was the END of the season. Not one football game has been played since the invitation went out, so the only thing that has changed is that Trump was going to be embarassed that not many players were going to show up. Perhaps that would have been less embarrassing to Trump than pretending to know the words to God Bless America.
Even kids like Taylor Longbrake,
and Katie Lalor know the words.
Even African-Americans like Whitney Houston know the words.