The president’s die-hard fans, who would follow Trump to shoot someone in Times Square and back, have taken up one of 45’s most ridiculous causes. The man in the Oval Office has been tweeting his fingertips blue over football players’ protests. However, if his fans protest a protest, do they cancel out each other? Check this out this strange scene.
Trump said that any football player who took a knee during the national anthem to protest ill-treatment against people of color was disrespecting the flag. Of course, that is not so. However, the players’ peaceful acts offended some of these voters, and they wanted to show the world just how much.
Brian Pannebecker, 58, decided to put together a rally to protest the protesters. The Harrison Township, Michigan man voted for the president and decided a protest was just the thing to annul the Detroit Lions players “disrespecting the flag.” His group yelled at fans as they came to the Lions vs. Carolina Panthers game. They shouted for everyone to stand for the anthem. According to The Detroit News, he said:
‘I’m a veteran and my son is in the Army. It bothers me when I see people disrespecting the flag during our national anthem. Trump spoke out about this issue and I said if they continued to protest on the sidelines, on national TV, I’d organize a protest. We have about 25 people down here today spread out carrying our message.’
Pannebecker rounded up a total of eight protesters to carry the American flag and hold “I Stand” flags. He told the Detroit News:
‘It’s not acceptable. I think she’s an enabler, she’s enabling her team to disrespect the flag.’
Even Vice President Mike Pence jumped on Trump’s hate-mobile. Sunday, he notified reporters that he would leave the Indianapolis Colts-49ers game, if the players protested. Apparently, Pence knew that the players would do so, making this a drama for the cameras. Yet, the former Indiana governor claimed he only came to see the team retire Peyton Manning’s jersey.
Right after kick-off, Pence did, indeed, protest the protesters by leaving and tweeting:
‘I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.’
Then, Trump tweeted in response to Pence’s tweet:
‘I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.’
Former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, was the first football protester a year ago. A CBS sportscaster, Jason La Canfora, reported that the 49er said he would stand during the anthem, if he could only play in the NFL again. The reporter later clarified his statement by saying that the two did not talk about Kaepernick kneeling.
The quarterback was blackballed for kneeling during the national anthem. Kaepernick has had free-agent status since he opted out of his contract in March.
Check out this video about how Detroit Lion Akeem Spense’s father lost his job over his son’s protest, via YouTube:
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