Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick brought attention to the issue last season when he knelt during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” in protest of police treatment toward blacks. Mr. Kaepernick is not currently playing in the NFL, but several players have taken a knee during the anthem this season in protest.
The president reignited the debate in the NFL on Friday calling any player who takes the knee a “son of bitch” during a rally in Alabama on Friday. In response to the president, several NFL players and owners released statements disagreeing with the president and criticizing his sentiments.
But many NASCAR owners agreed with Mr. Trump, saying they will not tolerate such a spectacle at their races. At a race in New Hampshire on Sunday, there were no protests from any NASCAR teams.
“All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests,” he tweeted then quoted former President John F. Kennedy. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK.”
The president went on to criticize the NFL players in additional tweets on Monday saying the issue isn’t about race, but rather about respecting the flag.
“Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!” he tweeted.
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