President Donald Trump is sticking to his position that any professional athlete, specifically NFL players that kneel during the national anthem, are directly disrespecting the US flag.
Players and many supporters of the so-called justifiable “racial equality” protest started by former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, lashed out against Trump this weekend for his calling of those who do not stand for the flag, ‘sons of b*itches.”
“The Constitution may mean some behavior is legal, but it will never make ignorance patriotic.”
While it is the right of every American, including the president himself, to freely speak their mind, protestors and detractors need to remember what the US represents to all Americans. This especially rings true for those who have lost loved ones in defense of our country and way of life.
Former State Rep. Baxter Troutman, a Republican running for Agriculture Commissioner in Florida, made the iron-clad case for why everyone should stand and appreciate the very same flag that affords us the privilege to free speech and expression.
Americans who have fallen on the battlefield and first responders here at home are laid to rest with our flag draped over them. Before their caskets are lowered into the ground, those flags are folded and presented to the family left behind on behalf of a grateful nation. I stand in front of the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem. I do it with gratitude for the fallen and the loved ones who were left behind. To kneel is to dishonor them. Those who do and those who condone it should be mocked not celebrated. The Constitution may mean some behavior is legal, but it will never make ignorance patriotic.”
–Fmr. state Rep. Baxter Troutman