Donald Trump has consistently lashed out at black athletes who choose to kneel rather than stand during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police misconduct, but while on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night at a Pennsylvania Air National Guard base, the nightly playing of “Retreat” began.
“Retreat” is the song played during the lowering of the flag at the end of the duty day on military bases around the country. While others stopped in their tracks to salute, stand at attention or pay their respects, Trump sat with Hannity and continued to speak throughout it.
It’s almost as if Trump doesn’t know how to President:
Military site Task and Purpose was the first to notice Trump sitting during the song. According to Task and Purpose, uniformed service members are required to stop what they’re doing and salute the flag as its lowered during the song while civilians are required to place their hand over their heart.
Instead, Trump cracked jokes with Hannity. “Are they playing that for you or for me?” Trump asked Hannity.
“They’re playing that in honor of his ratings. He’s beating everybody.”
During that same interview, Trump told Hannity that the NFL should have suspended quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“The NFL should have suspended him for one game and he would have never done it again,” Trump said. “They could have then suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him again if he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a problem.”
On Sunday, Mike Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game in protest (Pence is now a paid protester) when several players kneeled. The vice-president said he would not “dignify” the protest after he was finished with his publicity stunt. Pence’s decision to fly in for the game and then immediately leave cost taxpayers around $240,000 after he took a flight in a C-32 plane from Las Vegas to Indianapolis and then back to Los Angeles.
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