As I’ve said before, my disdain for Donald Trump has almost nothing to do with politics. I don’t loathe this sad excuse for a human being because he’s a Republican, I loathe him because he’s a vile piece of sh*t.
There’s nothing redeemable about him — nothing.
Is he a good father? Not according to his ex-wife, who said he had almost nothing to do with his children until they were in their early 20s.
He’s clearly not a good husband. He’s on his third marriage to a woman who’s young enough to be his daughter, cheated on at least one wife, and was caught on video bragging about trying to have an affair on his current wife — with another married women.
How did he word it again? Oh, that’s right, he “moved on her like a b**ch.” You all might remember that exchange, it was in the same video where he bragged to Billy Bush about being a sexual predator.
He damn sure isn’t a good person. I’d list all the reasons why, such as belittling POWs, mocking a man with disabilities, slandering the family of Senator Ted Cruz during the GOP primary, and defending some white supremacists as “good people,” but I’ve already listed plenty that makes him a terrible human being.
If you’d like to see a much longer list, feel free to check it out here.
Trump’s someone who doesn’t even seem to have friends. At least not real friends.
From everything I’ve read about the man, he’s seems to be a miserable, solitary figure who spends his entire life obsessing about his appearance, the size of things, trying to bully people in a never-ending contest to “win” — something, attacking those he feels have slighted him, and trying to fill the bottomless, gaping hole inside of himself known as his insecurities and ego.
Now we have this NFL thing. Why did he choose to bring this up now? Well, I have a few theories:
- To divide people, because Trump’s seen, firsthand, that dividing people on issues such as this can be beneficial for his own agenda.
- To distract people from another failure to repeal Obamacare and his inexcusable, Katrina-like response (or should I say lack of response) to the devastation in Puerto Rico.
- Because he realizes Robert Mueller and the FBI’s investigation is moving in closer on him and he’s going to do everything he can to rally his base of support around him hoping to shield himself from prosecution.
The truth is, it doesn’t matter why Trump picked now to spend days ranting about this. At the end of the day, all this has done is prove, once again, that he’s a small-minded, racist moron who doesn’t understand a damn thing.
If I hear him talk about ratings one more damn time, I’m going to vomit.
This protests aren’t about ratings, you dumb son of a b**ch.
Nor are these protests about “what’s best for business.”
What we saw on September 24th was about much more than ratings or “what’s best for business” — it was about showing unity against racism and ignorance.
People can say that those who took a knee following Trump’s remarks were “honoring Colin Kaepernick,” but that’s not entirely true. If that were the case, we’d have seen that many players kneeling each and every week for over a year. It wouldn’t have taken Trump’s ignorance to cause that type of league-wide display.
While there were clearly many underlying factors weighing on the hearts and minds of those who locked arms or knelt during the National Anthem, make no mistake about it, this was a stance against Trump and his racism. This wasn’t a show of disrespect toward the flag, our veterans, our country, or any of that other nonsense I’ve heard from those who claim they were “outraged” that these players would dare to take a knee.
This was a reaction to a man who called players who peacefully protest during the National Anthem “sons of bitches,” yet just a few weeks earlier said there were some “fine people” among the white supremacists and Nazis who marched with torches through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia chanting “Jews will not replace us.”
At the time, I called Trump’s remarks about the NFL possibly the most racist thing he’s done thus far. Not because of what he said, but because of the contrast in his reactions between Charlottesville and his speech in Alabama. He didn’t call members of the KKK, these neo-Nazi groups, or even the white supremacist who drove his car into a crowd of people, killing one woman, sons of bitches. Oh, no — in his words, some of them were “fine people.”
But he didn’t hesitate to call African American players who kneel during the National Anthem that derogatory slur.
Just like he didn’t hesitate when he paid $85k to take out advertising space in four of New York’s largest newspapers, urging the state to bring back the death penalty for the “Central Park Five.” A case where five young males, four African American and one Hispanic, were wrongly convicted of sexually assaulting a female jogger on April 19, 1989. To this day, even though the convictions were overturned, and another monster confessed to the crime in 2002, Trump’s never apologized for pushing for the execution of five juvenile males who had been wrongly convicted.
And for those “outraged” by those who kneel during the National Anthem, claiming it’s a “disgusting display of disrespect toward our flag,” you’re all nothing but a bunch of hypocrites.
For those people I ask this, when the National Anthem is played on TV while you’re at home, at a friends house, or in a bar — do you stand?
I’m going to guess no, probably not.
You know how I know? Because I live in Texas, a very conservative state, and I’ve been to many bars and home gatherings for sporting events where the National Anthem was played prior to the start of a game. Take a guess how many times I’ve seen someone purposefully stand while the National Anthem was playing.
Plus if these people really want to talk about “disrespecting the flag,” they might want to start with Walmart. Typing in “American flag” over at Walmart.com will yield results that include:
- American flag lounge pants.
- American flag running shorts.
- American flag phone cases.
- American flag boxers.
- American flag bikinis.
- American flag flip-flops.
- American flag thong.
- American flag bandana.
So, spare me this “outrage” over those who kneel during the National Anthem unless you’ve protested and boycotted Walmart (or any company for that matter — and there are a lot of them) that sells the American flag depicted in ways where it’s used to sit on, walk on, wipe away sweat, worn as part of a piece of cloth up someone’s backside, or as a swim suit covering someone’s crotch.
I think if we’re going to judge what’s more “disrespectful to the flag”:
- Kneeling during the National Anthem. — or —
- Wearing an American flag thong.
I think the flag draped across someone’s crotch, with part of it going up the crack of their backside, is a little more disrespectful.
Funny thing is, while many reading this article might think I support kneeling during the National Anthem, I actually don’t. For over a year, I’ve expressed my opinion that I think it’s an ineffective way to bring about much-needed attention to a very serious issue. It’s not that I disagree that racial inequality and injustice are problems in this country — they most definitely are — I just don’t see kneeling during the National Anthem as an effective way to go about bringing positive attention to the issue.
Which I think is proven by the fact that the vast majority of the debate surrounding this controversy isn’t about racial injustice, it’s a pointless battle between those who view it as a sign of disrespect vs. those who don’t.
In my opinion, the locking of the arms, or as the Cleveland Browns did during Week 1, running out with first responders and members of the military, are much more positive and effective ways to bring about positive attention to racial inequality while also pushing a message of togetherness and unity as people.
That said, I find it hypocritical for people to claim that they honor and respect our flag, while attacking and criticizing those who, because of the rights given to us by our Constitution and symbolized by that flag, have chosen to express themselves by kneeling during the National Anthem.
You can’t have it both ways.
Either you respect the rights we have as Americans symbolized by that flag or you don’t. But you can’t say “people fought and died defending that flag,” then say to some that you don’t feel they should have the right to express themselves granted by our First Amendment — a right those same people fought for and died defending.
The bottom line is, whether or not the critics want to believe it, these protests have nothing to do with disrespecting the flag, our veterans, or the country. For every veteran who comes out and says, “I find this disrespectful and I agree with Trump that they should all be fired,” I can find a veteran who’ll say the exact opposite. So don’t even try using that type of emotional manipulation to support your argument.
However, now that Trump’s interjected himself into this, he’s made the issue worse. Now he’s made it political when, prior to his ignorant rant, it really wasn’t. Now we’re going to see more players kneel who otherwise wouldn’t have, not because they don’t respect our flag or our veterans, but in defiance of Trump — someone who called some white supremacists in Charlottsville “fine people,” while calling African Americans who peacefully protest “sons of bitches.”
And even if you’re like me and don’t agree with kneeling during the National Anthem, if you don’t understand why they’re doing it and why more players are likely going to continue doing it following Trump’s unhinged rant in Alabama, then you’re part of the reason why they’ll continue to kneel.