It is being manifest more every day that the current White House occupant has little-to-no clue what it means to be American. He certainly lacks even a basic understanding of America, the nation. He made that crystal clear when he demeaned the U.S. Constitution and its rules he said were “bad for the country.” Add to that stunning declaration the fact that Trump has used his ill-gotten “authority” to systematically attack every right the Constitution guarantees to every American; even African Americans. And those are rights Americans have fought, bled and died to defend and preserve since the nation’s founding. That is what it means to be “American,” supporting and defending the nation’s founding document and law of the land. It is contrary to everything Trump represents.
When Trump attacked Colin Kaepernick at a campaign rally in Alabama, he not only attacked an American citizen exercising his constitutionally-guaranteed right to freely express himself, he veritably attacked the U.S. Constitution, the Constitution’s Framers and Founding Fathers, and every American who actually defends and respects America; a nation Trump neither understands nor has any affection for.
If Trump had even a modicum of respect for, or understanding of “America,” instead of assailing an American citizen exercising their constitutional rights, he would either shut his sphincter mouth or tout the marvels of a nation guaranteeing that all citizens are free to express themselves. Regardless if he disagrees with Mr. Kaepernick or any other athlete that just happens to be an African American, Trump swore a “so help me god” oath to defend the Constitution and the rights it provides; not doing so is the ultimate display of “disrespecting America.”
It really isn’t worth wasting precious time or words on Trump acting like a punk-ass tyrant, but he crossed a line when he defamed an African American athlete, and his mother, for exercising his constitutional rights – what Trump asserted is “disrespecting the flag and our country, America.” If Trump was American, he would know intrinsically that not standing during a song is not disrespecting America or its flag. In fact, there is nothing more “American” than protesting injustice. The Founding Fathers began “founding” America by protesting an injustice when they held the so-called Boston Tea Party.
If Trump needs a lesson in what qualifies as disrespecting America, he should consider purposely violating its Constitution, using a political office for personal profit, restricting Americans’ constitutional rights, and colluding with a hostile foreign power. Kneeling during a song doesn’t qualify as disrespecting America or its flag.
Not content to enrage his racist base by attacking Mr. Kaepernick, Trump continued attacking professional Black athletes on Friday and Saturday by demanding that private companies fire athletes that Trump thinks are showing “insufficient respect” for what he thinks is America – a song. It is the action of a petty man with tiny hands and it is also a violation of 18 U.S. Code § 227; the same U.S. Code Trump’s lying press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders violated earning an ethics complaint just last week.
18 U.S. Code § 227 says:
“Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence .. an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”
It is worth noting that Trump’s attacks on a professional athlete as a “son-of-a-bitch” that should be fired is an attack on a growing number of athletes at all levels. And that includes children with a social conscience and awareness that they live under a Constitution that protects their freedom of expression; even if that “expression” doesn’t comport with Trump’s idea of America. Athletes at the high school, college and even the Peewee level recognize racial and social injustice when they see it, and they recognize they live in a country with a Bill of Rights granting them the freedom to speak out against it; even if “speaking out” is kneeling during a song. They know they are the real Americans and they know it is why Trump is attacking them.
Now they understand for sure there is a racist dotard in the White House who not only opposes them exercising their constitutional right of free speech, he called them sons-of-bitches and demands they are thrown off the playing field for being “African” Americans protesting racial injustice. Trump stepped over a line and proved in broad daylight what at least half of Americans already know. He is a filthy racist; he is opposed to Americans exercising their constitutional rights; and particularly that he is not what any cognizant human being recognizes as “American.”