President Donald Trump recently gave a speech at an event held at the White House to honor NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. and his amazing championship season for last year.
During this speech, Trump took a few moments to deliver one heck of a burn to the National Football League over the controversy surrounding players not standing for “The Star Spangled Banner” before games, though he did it in a sort of veiled, though not really veiled kind of way.
If you remember, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started this trend of taking a knee as a means to supposedly protest against police brutality. His choice to start this movement has more or less cost him his football career. That, and he’s just not really that good.
Here’s what the president had to say:
“At every NASCAR race, you will see thousands of patriotic Americans from the grandstands to the pit stalls proudly waving our flag and roaring with joy at the words, ‘Start your engines,’” Trump said.
Trump added that Truex and NASCAR CEO Brian France should be proud of something else, Fox News Insider said.
“And I will tell you, one thing I know about NASCAR, they do indeed, Brian, stand for the playing of the national anthem, right?” Trump remarked. “They do indeed.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 21, 2018
Later on, a person told him that he probably shouldn’t mention the whole “taking a knee” business as it could be too controversial.
You can probably guess how the president responded to that, right?
“Somebody said, ‘Maybe you shouldn’t say that. That’ll be controversial,’” Trump noted. “I said, ‘That’s okay. NASCAR’s not going to mind it at all.’ Right, fellas?”
One of the things that has endeared so many folks to President Trump is the fact that he’s not at all afraid of a little controversy, to say the hard things that everyone is thinking, but don’t have the intestinal fortitude to actually say out loud, which is precisely what he did here. This brutal honesty has earned him a lot of supporters and continues to win folks over each and every day.
The main reason it’s such a big deal that NFL players aren’t standing for the National Anthem is because their not doing so is incredibly offensive to the men and women who served in the military and who fought and shed blood in order to protect our freedom and our way of life from our enemies.
If these folks want to protest, that’s fine. But do it on your own time.
Please and thank you.