President Trump took the chance throughout Tremendous Bowl Sunday to convey up the subject of standing up for the nationwide anthem.
“Although a lot of our Nation’s service members are unable to be dwelling with household and mates to take pleasure in this night’s American custom, they’re all the time in our ideas and prayers,” Trump mentioned in an announcement.
“We owe these heroes the best respect for defending our liberty and our American lifestyle. Their sacrifice is stitched into every star and each stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner. We maintain them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the nationwide anthem.”
“We ship our greatest needs for an pleasing Tremendous Bowl Sunday,” the President continued. “Could God bless and defend our troops, and will He proceed to bless the USA of America.”
Trump has repeatedly criticized NFL gamers for kneeling through the nationwide anthem — a motion former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started in August 2016 to protest police brutality.
In September, Trump instructed a crowd throughout a rally in Alabama, “Wouldn’t you like to see one among these NFL homeowners, when someone disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—h off the sphere proper now, out, he’s fired.’ ”
Although the President is a fan of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the star participant ripped Trump, calling his remarks “simply divisive.”
His feedback additionally motivated gamers throughout the league to take a knee or lock arms through the nationwide anthem throughout video games.
Vice President Pence even walked out of an Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers video games after gamers kneeled through the nationwide anthem in October.
The Patriots and Philadelphia Eagle face off at Tremendous Bowl LII at U.S. Financial institution Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., Sunday.