Kneeling during National Anthem equals peaceful social protest

Ray Weaver
October 23, 2017

President Trump launched a petition to stand for the national anthem. "Add your name below to show your patriotism and support", read the petition, which appeared on the Republican National Committee website.

"The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem", Trump said. The Trump campaign team earlier this month offered supporters an "I STAND FOR THE FLAG" sticker in exchange for contributions of at least $5 to the committee, and Trump himself has frequently tweeted on the subject.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league had not sought a commitment by players to stand for the anthem at Tuesday's talks.

For nearly a month, the american president is engaged in a standoff with the NFL players posing a knee on the ground during the national anthem.

We are fully aware that in this culture war he has cynically escalated, Trump has the support of millions of fans, who just want the multi-millionaires on their teams to stand up, put their hands on heart, and sing.

The president followed up with a second tweet directed at the National Football League, saying the organization is "too much talk, not enough action". Total disrespect for our great country! That's an important part of our game and our moment, and we believe in that.

No decision has been taken during this meeting on the thorny issue of the protests of the players during the national anthem, which divides the world of sports and american society the past several weeks. I think we also have to keep focus on this - we have about six or seven players that are involved with this protest at this point. Stop listening to a president who calls these black players "sons of bitches".

Donald Trump is continuing his attack on players who protest during the national anthem.

"They have stated to everyone publicly, they are not doing this in any way to be disrespectful to the flag", Goodell said, acknowledging that athletes are trying to use their platform to bring attention to "national issues" such as criminal-justice reform.

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