CNN anchor Don Lemon is weighing in on the controversy swirling around President Trump, the National Anthem and the NFL concerning kneeling players. Lemon said the President is promoting “fake patriotism.”
“This isn’t about some fake patriotism, about standing or some pageantry,” Lemon said on his show. “Real patriotism is understanding what the Constitution means for all Americans and abiding by the Constitution, not doing some false presentation that you pretend to be a patriot while other people are around you going to the concession stands, getting beer, or fights in the stands or talking to each other with their baseball caps on.”
“That is not real patriotism,” Lemon continued. “Real patriotism is understanding that all of us are created equal and we have the choice to stand, kneel or sit, or even attend a football game if we choose to.” Some of what Lemon said is true, but it is also true to not stand for the National Anthem is blatantly unpatriotic. It is also equally true that employers have a right to set a standard for their employees to abide by, especially if the alternative alienates customers and sabotages their product. Which is what kneeling during the National Anthem does. Americans hate it.
Most Americans work a regular job where they don’t have the luxury of protesting while working. These millionaire ball players are protesting on our time and their employer’s dime. Lemon went on to stir things up even more by implying that the NFL is engaging in a dictatorship. “What makes this country great is that we have the choice to stand or not to stand during the National Anthem. This is not a dictatorship,” Lemon continued. “We don’t have to do anything in this country.” For celebrities and ball players alike, you answer to your fans and your audience, so yes… do what you want, but there are always consequences, especially for being unpatriotic these days.
Lemon said Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “have it all wrong” about patriotism” and he highlighted the White House press secretary’s remarks about America being a great nation because “we stand during the National Anthem.” I agree with Trump and Sanders. The person who has it wrong here is Lemon.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell expressed a similar claim, saying the NFL’s “hypocrisy is so profound” on the issue. “Take a look at any NFL stadium, and people are getting hot dogs, people are getting beers. They’re not standing and saluting the anthem, for a large part. They’re not. They’re distracted. They’re fans at an event,” Mitchell said last month. “And the fact that the players do not have this freedom of speech and that no one is even thinking about Colin Kaepernick … who’s been basically blackballed and can’t be hired — it’s just outrageous.” What’s outrageous is the fact that both of these CNN analysts use typical behavior at a game to justify not standing for the National Anthem and turning your back on all things American. It’s the epitome of disrespect.
Lemon tore into President Trump blaming him for what these players started themselves. He added that Trump knows that asking athletes to stand for the National Anthem “animates his base” and “he is going to continue on with it.” “He cannot be a unifier. He cannot be the unifier in chief. I don’t know what it is about him that he can’t do it,” Lemon said. “It seems that this is an issue where he could actually bring the country together, bring the team and talk to team owners and players, and try to get them to come to some sort of consensus about this.” Trump does not owe it to these players to bring them together and mollify them somehow. He owes America his allegiance, something that is foreign to the likes of Don Lemon and CNN.
So, Don Lemon believes standing for the National Anthem at NFL games and the pageantry surrounding it are examples of “fake patriotism.” But somehow he thinks it’s patriotic to hate the police, the military, our flag, the National Anthem and America in general. In his mind, it’s patriotic to heart Black Lives Matter and radical racists such as the New Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. Truth be told, he doesn’t know what patriotism really is. He’s so blinded by racism, leftism and radicalism that all he can see are social issues and not that his country is fighting for its very survival. And yet, while discussing President Trump’s decision to cancel the White House celebration for the Philadelphia Eagles, Lemon had the nerve to accuse Trump of not understanding what “real patriotism” is.
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