While some NASCAR owners condemned the protest of the national anthem and threatened to fire anyone who dares protest the anthem, Dale Earnhardt Jr. showed his support for the protesters.
On Monday, hours after NFL players knelt and linked arms during the national anthem, Earnhardt took to Twitter to quote former President John F Kennedy’s warning on limiting peaceful protests.
All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 25, 2017
Following his tweet, NASCAR released a statement saying: “Sports are a unifying influence in our society, bringing people of differing backgrounds and beliefs together. Our respect for the national anthem has always been a hallmark of our pre-race events. Thanks to the sacrifices of many, we live in a country of unparalleled freedoms and countless liberties, including the right to peacefully express one’s opinion.”
Earnhardt’s tweet comes after former drivers and current NASCAR owners, Richard Petty and Richard Childress, have taken sides with Trump saying that protesting the national anthem will get drivers fired.
Richard Petty stated, “Anybody that don’t stand up for that ought to be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”
Richard Childress said that protesting would “get you a ride on a Greyhound bus when the national anthem is over. Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”
On Monday, Trump tweeted his approval of NASCAR owners for threatening those who protest the anthem. He tweeted:
So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won't put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
It has now been four consecutive days since Trump has been attacking NFL players for protesting the national anthem. This all started on Friday night at a campaign rally in Alabama where he called the protesters “sons of bitches” and called on the owners to fire players who protest.
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