Trump has made a point of attacking NFL players(majority black) for not “respecting the flag” when they kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem–the so-called #TakeAKnee in Twitter circles.
By “not respecting the flag” Trump and his GOP are essentially arguing that the NFL players(majority black) are not patriotic, with some even suggesting that they should be kicked out of the league.
For the record the lack of patriotism charge is baseless because the players have made it clear from the beginning that #TakeAKnee is a protest of police brutality against minorities. Specifically, professional black athletes kneel to express their solidarity with minorities who continue to lose their lives to police brutality only for their grieving families to witness the errant officers walk away scott free–no indictment. It has always been a protest against the unfair U.S. criminal justice system–nothing to do with the flag.
The Trump Administration knows that but because they’ve made a conscious decision that stoking racial divisions plays well with their white voting base, they’ve twisted #TakeAKnee into a debate about patriotism–“those blacks are not grateful to America eventhough America has made them millionaires–plus they are disrespecting the soldiers who died defending the flag.” This is a totally false, albeit very powerful message to Trump’s white voting base. It is also deliberately racist.
So far the NFL athletes or even Democrats for that matter have not pushed back effectively against this false patriotism narrative pushed by Trump Admin against NFL athletes. Well, not anymore because Yours Truly has a forceful pushback argument, especially after what the entire world has witnessed at the recently concluded G7 Summit
In a nutshell, how can Trump accuse professional black athletes of not being patriotic when the entire world believes he, the U.S. President, is controlled by Putin? Think about that folks–how can Trump accuse NFL players of “disrespecting the flag” when the whole world believes he has sold the country, with the flag, to Putin’s Russia? This is hypocrisy to the nth degree.
In addition to that there’s an ongoing investigation in the U.S. into whether Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to help him get elected in 2016, an investigation that is constantly obstructed by members of his own GOP–borderline treasonous conduct. How can Trump and his GOP turn around and question anybody’s patriotism when they are under investigation for borderline treason?
Hang in there folks, Yours Truly is going to mount a massive pushback on this shameful assault on professional athletes who, it cannot be left unsaid, are predominantly black.
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