President Trump reminded everyone of his disapproval of sports players taking a knee during the national anthem. Trump asserts that the action shows disrespect to the nation’s flag, and says whenever he sees the act “the game is over for me.” The President has been against the act of taking a knee ever since former San Francisco 49er, Colin Kaepernick, decided to kneel for the anthem to raise awareness about racial injustice and police brutality.
The act of taking a knee during the anthem has been a great source of contention since the practice began four years ago and on Tuesday, Trump brought it back into the spotlight after seeing players from the San Fransico Giants kneel before their game against the Oakland Athletics. Trump tweeted, “Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!”
The game took place on Monday and Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several players, including right fielder Jaylin Davis, knelt during the anthem much to Trump’s dismay. Kapler defended the action saying that he wanted to bring attention to “systemic racism” and how it needs to be fixed. Kapler also let his team know that they had the full backing of management whether they chose to kneel or not. He said, “I wanted them to know that I wasn’t pleased with the way our country has handled police brutality and I told them I wanted to amplify their voices and I wanted to amplify the voice of the Black community and marginalized communities as well.”
He added, “So I told them that I wanted to use my platform to demonstrate my dissatisfaction with the way we’ve handled racism in our country.” He concluded, “I wanted to demonstrate my dissatisfaction with our clear systemic racism in our country and I wanted them to know that they got to make their own decisions and we would respect and support those decisions. I wanted them to feel safe in speaking up.”
There is no doubt in the eyes of many that Trump is sparking a new round of debate over the issue of kneeling and the debate will intensify coupled with the George Floyd protests that have been heated in several states. Read the rest here.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com