At one of Wednesday’s events marking the 75th commemoration of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. made a not-so-subtle reference to NFLer Colin Kaepernick and his followers.
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) December 7, 2016
Clip via U.S. Department of Defense
Harris, who serves as commander, United States Pacific Command, found a stark contrast between the patriotism of those living during those times with that of those living today.
“You can bet, that the men and women that we honor today and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago never took a knee and never failed to stand when they heard our national anthem being played,” he said.
That earned him a huge round of cheers and applause, indicating that patriotism still lives in some corners of the country.
Surprisingly — or perhaps not so much — Harris’s observation brought the venom to the surface of those on the left.
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@DeptofDefense @PacificCommand Not surprising a DOD official would make a racist statement against civil rights, but it’s still disgusting.
— Michael Oman-Reagan (@OmanReagan) December 8, 2016
@DeptofDefense @PacificCommand You do not get to dictate how civilians protest and use their right to free expression.
— Stephen T. Stone (@Regular_Stone) December 7, 2016
@DeptofDefense @PacificCommand so we’re gonna pretend that uniformed military speaking AGAINST the 1st amendment use by a civilian is cool?
— Eddie (@eddie8374) December 7, 2016
@DeptofDefense @PacificCommand Cheap shot. You are comparing two unrelated things. Only authoritarians require blind obeisance to flag.
— Sharon Furiosa (@sfhater) December 7, 2016
@deptofdefense @pacificcommand I’m sure that those in Japanese internment camps may have thought about it.
— Squiggy McNugget (@SquiggyMcNugget) December 7, 2016
But others stuck up for the admiral and fired back.
— Kathy May (@MayMa42554893) December 7, 2016
— Zan Bunn (@zanbunn) December 8, 2016
— Snap Politics (@Snap_Politics) December 7, 2016
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