Looking solely at what the president focuses his attention upon, one might be tempted to think that American society is getting along just fine, with essentially no external threats. After all, instead of focusing on patching up relations with our allies and avoiding war, Trump’s spending his time going after something as ultimately inconsequential as the question of whether or not every last American stands for the national anthem.
Sadly, it’s not as though the United States doesn’t face numerous other, much more significant challenges. Trump’s just petty.
With him having avoided the traditional pre-Super Bowl television interview this year, Trump took to issuing a message through the White House press office. In that message he — you guessed it — demanded that Americans stand for the national anthem.
‘Though many of our Nation’s service members are unable to be home with family and friends to enjoy this evening’s American tradition, they are always in our thoughts and prayers… Their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner. We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the National Anthem.’
A Super Bowl message from President Trump includes the phrase “to proudly stand for the National Anthem” pic.twitter.com/L9XVkwgfcb
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) February 4, 2018
Trump has, of course, for some time clashed with the NFL over some players’ decisions to take a knee during the anthem in solidarity with African Americans.
He even mentioned the issue in his recently delivered inaugural State of the Union speech to Congress.
He has never fully acknowledged the fact that treatment of African Americans in this country is at times so outlandish that taking a knee during the anthem seems like a tame response.
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