Something dramatic happened when President Donald Trump threw together a “celebration of the American flag,” as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the White House.
A hero took a knee during the during the National Anthem/
Despite the President’s attempts at mandating his brand of patriotism, Americans remain free, as demonstrated by this man on the White House lawn.
The event took place within the context of the National Anthem controversy.
Trump weighed in on NFL players peaceful protest against racial injustice and police brutality last season by slamming players as “sons of b****es” and calling for them to be fired. Recently, the NFL adopted a policy which would fine teams whose players chose to kneel in protest during the anthem. The policy allows players to choose to remain in the locker room for the National Anthem.
In response, the President said that players who do not want to stand for the Anthem do not belong playing the game and perhaps do not belong in the country at all.
Trump’s statement canceling the Eagles’ White House visit also cited the controversy.
The President said:
“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”
He later tweeted:
“The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!”
The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
Man takes a knee as the National Anthem is played on the White House lawn during the “Celebration of America” event that took the place of the Philadelphia Eagles’ intended visit. https://t.co/hGkR2BTysA pic.twitter.com/Pq96egFjzK
— ABC News (@ABC) June 5, 2018