President Trump was in Huntsville, Alabama last Friday to speak at a rally for Luther Strange. He is the GOP establishment-backed choice for the Alabama special election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became the U.S. Attorney General. Oddly, Strange was not the front-runner and was defeated on Tuesday in the GOP runoff election by fellow Republican, Judge Roy Moore.
During his sometimes-randomized-remarks, the president spoke about NFL athletes who use their “freedom of speech” to protest during the National Anthem. He suggested that the player’s actions were disgraceful and disrespected veterans. Team owners, he said, should fire players who disrespect the American flag. Unfortunately, he got quite explicit about it.
While the President’s profane comments seemed to thrill his supporters, many veterans, and those who criticize National Anthem protesters, others were embarrassed or angered by his speech.
The thoughtless profanity literally disrespected the players’ mothers, calling them “bXXXhes.” That animal terminology has always inflamed anger and frequently incited violent responses. It is not surprising, then, that the number of NFL players linking arms and “taking a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem rose from six the previous week to over 200 this week, capturing the news cycle for weeks to come. And the NFL season has just begun.
It was no longer about former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s continued protest of alleged “police brutality” or the charge by others of the “disrespecting our nation’s values and flag” by “overpaid, pampered, players.”
Rather, the non-violent protests on the field by players, coaches, and some owners were a defiant “show of unity” in support of some of their fellow players, who felt disrespected by the profanity of our president.
Sadly, there is no escaping that our president sometimes uses coarse and crude language. Some would even say he is coarse and crude. Either way, his outbursts of profanity have raised undesirable, divisive dialog and lowered the needed level of civil discourse in this country.
Clearly, our president has Continue reading