From Roseanne Barr to Paul Manafort, Donald Trump has a long history of publicly supporting the worst America has to offer. In the midst of the tenth day of protests after the police killing of Minneapolis resident and father of two, George Floyd, Trump took to Twitter to criticize the way black Americans protest police brutality.
Drew Brees, a quarterback from the New Orleans Saints and another white man who thinks his judgment of how black people protest is somehow interesting or valid, made comments earlier in the week to first call for unity, but then said he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.”
According to ESPN:
‘Brees’ comments came when he was asked during the interview to revisit former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 protest of police brutality against minorities, in which Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem before games. Brees’ remarks on the flag drew a sharp rebuke on social media across the sports landscape, including from Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.’
The comments came during a week when protesters reminded America that they tried a silent, peaceful form of protest and were denounced for it, and now that they’ve taken to the streets, they’re being denounced for that, too. The message from both Trump and Brees amounts to no more than “shut up.”
When a piece of cloth is worth more attention than human lives when they’re black, that piece of cloth that stands for freedom and liberty don’t mean much.
Twitter was furious over Trump’s support of Brees. Read some of their comments below:
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