POTUS Wants Protesters To Understand The Pain Of Military Families During National Anthem
A few weeks ago we reported that President Obama publicly supported Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the National Anthem.
He reiterated that point last night during a CNN town hall:
“Well, as I’ve said before, I believe that us honoring our flag and our anthem is part of what binds us together as a nation. But I also always try to remind folks that part of what makes this country special is that we respect people’s rights to have a different opinion.”
Obama added that he believes protesters should be aware that the reason they are able to share their opinions are because people “fight” for them to be able to do so.
“The test of our fidelity to our Constitution, to freedom of speech, to our Bill of Rights, is not when it’s easy, but when it’s hard,” he said. “We fight sometimes so that people can do things that we disagree with … As long as they’re doing it within the law, then we can voice our opinion objecting to it but it’s also their right.”
However, this time POTUS asked that Kaepernick and those protesting the National Anthem recognize the sensitivity of military families have toward their “sacred” semi-racist song
“I want (the protesters) to listen to the pain that that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing,” Obama said. “But I also want people to think about the pain he may be expressing about somebody who’s lost a loved one that they think was unfairly shot.”
Thing is, we don’t really have to consider the pain of military families because Kaep CLEARLY stated what his protest is about and it’s NOT about the armed forces.
C’mon, Barry. Don’t feed the trolls.
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