NASCAR Star Blasts Trump Over His Attack On NFL Protesters


While athletes from both baseball and basketball expressed solidarity with their brothers in the National Football League on the issue of refusing to stand for the national anthem, one sport said political demonstrations would not be tolerated by its members. NASCAR–where the vast majority of owners, drivers, and fans are white–made it clear they do not agree with such protests.

Several NASCAR team owners said not standing during the national anthem would “get you a ride on a Greyhound bus,” in the words of Richard Childress, who added:

“Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”

Mr. Trump was delighted to hear that, tweeting out:

But now one of NASCAR’s biggest stars, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., is going against his sport and letting it be known that he thinks everyone has the right to express their opinion. Monday morning, Earnhardt posted this on social media:

How exactly is the American flag or what it represents insulted or defamed when a person chooses not to stand? Isn’t this the very kind of freedom of expression which is enshrined in the Constitution? As Earnhardt rightly notes, we have all been granted the right to disagree, to dissent, to do as we wish as long as we don’t directly harm another person. That is the very essence of freedom.

The tweet from Earnhardt drew both praise and criticism:

Here’s something that really needs to be brought to the attention of Donald Trump and debated in this country: It’s 2017 and yet we still live in a country where not everyone is truly equal. In some ways, we are more divided than ever before. Shouldn’t a president, as the leader of the country, be looking for ways to unite us instead of trying to stir up hatred and venom? Is Donald Trump even capable of such a thing?

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