'A Total Disrespect of Our Heritage'
President Donald Trump has some harsh words for Colin Kaepernick. At a campaign rally in Alabama Friday night the president suggested the NFL quarterback is un-American and disrespectful of the American flag and American "heritage." The word "heritage" is widely seen as a dog-whistle to white supremacists.
Speaking to supporters of U.S. Senator Luther Strange, a Republican running to keep his seat in a special election, Trump told them they are all "unified by the same great American values."
"We're proud of our country. We respect our flag," Trump said, suggesting Kaepernick and other football players who have taken a knee to protest racism and oppression of people of color, rather than stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, do not respect America.
"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. Out. He's fired!'" Trump asked.
Pres. Trump discusses kneeling during national anthem at football game: "That's a total disrespect of our heritage" https://t.co/PYcZWSvN5Iâ€” NBC News (@NBCNews) September 23, 2017
Then, milking the moment, the president walked around the stage and the audience began to chant, "USA! USA! USA!"
"That's a total disrespect of our heritage," Trump said of players who do not stand for the Pledge. "That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for."
"When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem, the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it's one player, leave the stadium," Trump said. "I guarantee things will stop."
Some responses via Twitter:
Trump used harsher language to describe Kaepernick than he used for the Neo-Nazi who killed Heather Heyer. https://t.co/WpsNY9bU8wâ€” Christiana A Mbakwe (@Christiana1987) September 23, 2017
Trump was quicker and more vehement in his hatred of Colin Kaepernick's non-violent protest than he was of Nazis. Take note of that.â€” Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) September 23, 2017
Why are you even bringing up Kaepernick's name at a political rally in Alabama?â€” mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) September 23, 2017
Never mind. I know the answer.
Crowd chants "U-S-A! U-S-A!"â€” The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) September 23, 2017
Trump just mainlined some racist heroin into the Huntsville crowd by tacitly calling Colin Kaepernick a SOB
.@realDonaldTrump has attacked Colin Kaepernick with more conviction than he has NAZIS. ðŸ¤”â€” Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) September 23, 2017
President Donald Trump issued a stronger condemnation of Colin Kaepernick than he did of actual freaking Nazis https://t.co/CJH3zlBn8Fâ€” A.J. Manuzzi (@AJMoz19) September 23, 2017
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