After many NFL players “took the knee” yesterday during the National anthem in protest of President Trump’s comments saying the NFL should fire any “son of a bitch” who “disrespects our flag,” a large amount of people began voicing their opinions on the matter. Former quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a wave of controversy when he took a knee last year saying he could not “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Now, race car driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., is coming out with a profound response of his own against Trump. Earnhardt tweeted this statement:
This isn’t the first time Earnhardt has voiced his opinion. He was also outspoken about Trump’s immigration ban, saying this:
Many tweeted back, responding to his comments from yesterday.
Earnhardt is also a huge fan of The Washington Redskins, whose owner, Dan Snyder, locked arms in support of the players on Sunday. One Nascar driver, Brad Keselowsi, disagreed with his tweet, saying:
Other celebrities were also quick to speak out in support of the many NFL players taking a knee yesterday.
One thing is apparent though – and it’s that Donald is dividing our country when we should be uniting around the many serious issues that need solutions right now. A whopping 60 percent of people do not approve of the job he is doing in office which is all-telling. Many people see North Korea as a giant threat deserving of someone who can forge better relations, and agree that U.S. military leaders could do a much better job handling the situation. Many would also agree that Trump is making the country worse in terms of race and immigration issues.
The president doesn’t seem to realize that the freedom to protest if one of the freedoms granted to all Americans in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is increasingly the case that it is completely okay for white supremacists to violently assemble, but it’s not okay for people to peacefully protest when that they feel that the U.S. flag has become a symbol of division rather than unity, one that doesn’t really encompass freedom for ALL people.
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