Over the September 23 – 24 weekend, football and baseball players joined in the #TakeAKnee NFL protests against police brutality, and it had President Donald Trump seemingly in a panic, tweeting up a storm in response. Players, coaches, and owners either knelt, locked arms, or sat down while the national anthem played in solidarity with the fight against the brutal murders of Black Americans at the hands of police and the American Justice system.
Trump steady trampled not just those who participated, but their Constitutionally guaranteed freedom to express themselves over the entire weekend. Then early this morning, Trump tweeted a single hashtag – #StandForOurAnthem – and the nation responded with a quickness not oft seen so early on a Monday.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
Early this morning, Fox News legal analyst Jeffery Evan Gold tweeted one of the most spot-on replies President Donald Trump’s hashtag, helping to remind Americans just how idiotically surreal our reality has become under 45 and why the NFL protests began in the first place:
— Jeffrey Evan Gold (@jeffgoldesq) September 25, 2017
Gold’s tweet, a reminder of just how much we need more Americans to not be afraid to follow his lead, also reminds us what this great nation was founded on. Freedom.
And the nation responded in kind:
— Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) September 25, 2017
#StandForOurConstitution – prosecute Trump for his crimes.
— Hehurtsmyhead (@hehurtsmyhead) September 25, 2017
— Phaedra Bond (@thinkybrainpain) September 25, 2017
— Not my president (@vts250) September 25, 2017
— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) September 25, 2017
Trump is a dotard if he thought attacking free speech would go over well. pic.twitter.com/FOJ1RWalMT
— meme (@Brian55d) September 25, 2017
What Trump still fails to comprehend is that American freedoms are guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Incidentally, today, September 25, just happens to be the anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights. On this day in 1789, according to the Library of Congress:
“The First Federal Congress of the United States proposed to the state legislatures twelve amendments to the Constitution. The first two, concerning the number of constituents for each Representative and the compensation of Congressmen, were not ratified.* Articles three through twelve, known as the Bill of Rights, became the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution and contained guarantees of essential rights and liberties omitted in the crafting of the original document.”
The freedom to not have the government dictate your likes and dislikes. The freedom to not have to worry that the police could lock you up or murder you because you happen to have a difference of opinion, or be born with Black skin. The freedom to live peacefully. The freedom to be oneself.
The right to the NFL protests and to be an American, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, or political persuasion.
You would think that serving as president, Trump might just #StandForOurConstitution as truly patriotic Americans do. Sadly, however, this is not the case, and Trump proves it each time he opens his mouth, praises Nazis as “fine people,” rambles incoherently about trampling the First Amendment, or hits send with his Tweet thumb.
Check out this footage of various NFL teams’ players kneeling in solidarity:
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