Today is National Anthem Day, and the President of the United States has decided to celebrate it by giving his constituents a terrifying reminder that deep down, he really wants to be a dictator more than a president.
Earlier today, Trump doubled down on his demand that everyone — even those protesting worthy causes such as racial injustice or police brutality — should be forced to stand during the National Anthem.
In a video taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump said:
We salute our great American flag, we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance, and we all proudly stand for the National Anthem.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 23, 2018
This is clearly an attack on the professional athletes who made headlines last year for kneeling during the National Anthem, and Trump has been feuding with the National Football League ever since. Trump has continuously reignited this issue by bringing it up at high profile events such as the State of the Union and the Super Bowl. To combat protests, Trump even demanded that the NFL make rules that would force athletes to stand — and now it’s clear that Trump would like to make that a nation-wide rule.
Trump needs to accept that his authoritarian style of leadership isn’t going to fly in America. It’s been over a year of his presidency, and the country still has not warmed up to him — and we are never going to. There is no place for Trump’s Hitler-like behavior in this country, and most of us are literally counting the days until we have a REAL president who understands the democracy and freedom that this country represents.
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