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Trump: ‘Respect Our Flag,’ Make All Kids Recite The Pledge

The U.S. flag “deserves respect,” Donald Trump proclaimed Thursday, apparently in response to a football player’s decision to sit during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

The Daily Mail reported that the Republican presidential candidate told American Legion members at their convention in Cincinnati that he would strive to “strengthen respect for our flag.”

He continued: “In a Trump administration, I plan to work directly with the American Legion to uphold our common values and to help ensure they are taught to America’s children. We will be united by our common culture, values and principles, becoming one American nation, one country under one Constitution saluting one American flag – and always saluting it – the flag all of you helped to protect and preserve. That flag deserves respect.”

Though the candidate never mentioned San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the “Star Spangled Banner” at the beginning of a recent National Football League preseason game, he declared: “You see what’s happening. It’s very, very sad. … We want young Americans to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.”

Kaepernick, explaining his protest, said: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Martin Halloran, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, slammed the athlete. He said Kaepernick is espousing “a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis.”

Source: Newsmax
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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