In what has proven to be a rare occurrence, and will likely continue to do so, House Speaker Paul Ryan has sided with President Donald Trump! This time in the fact that NFL players should not kneel or sit during the national anthem.
While it is protected under their 1st amendment rights, which no one is disagreeing with, it is still extremely disrespectful. Many people do not the support the players for protesting during the brief moment we honor those who have fought and died for our country.
Ryan said, “People are clearly within their rights to express themselves as they see fit.”
[He is] a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan who likes to remind people he is one of 360,000 shareholders of the NFL’s only publicly held team.
“My own view, though, is we shouldn’t do it on the anthem,” he continued. “Our national anthem, our flag and the people who defend it and represent it — that should be celebrated everywhere and always.”
The national anthem issue flared up in recent days after President Trump attacked former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police treatment of African-Americans, a protest he began in 2016.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired,’ ” Trump said Friday night at a campaign rally for Sen. Luther Strange (R) in Alabama.
To be quite honest, I did not disagree with anything Trump said. Although his language was dirtier than I prefer to use, I agree.
Rep. Tom Cole also disagrees with the kneeling during the anthem. However, he thinks that Trump made this bigger when he drew attention it. I disagree. Trump simple spoke the truth on an underlying issue.
Cole said, “I also don’t think we should aggravate the problem. It was a problem that was a lot less serious before we had the outbreaks over the weekend,” he continued, “I think from a public standpoint, your duty is to unify and uplift and inspire, and that’s what we ought to be focused on going forward.
Cole concluded, “There were a lot fewer people doing it before he spoke than after.”