Now even elected lawmakers in Congress are kneeling in support of NFL players demonstrating against President Trump.
Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee decided to kneel during a speech on the House floor on Monday in an apparent show of solidarity with the players and to protest Trump’s call to team owners to fire players who disrespect the flag and the nation by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.
Let that sink in.
A woman elected by her Texas constituents to represent them in Washington, D.C. chose to use her time on the floor in the U.S. House of Representatives to accuse the president of racism and to declare she was kneeling in support of protesting football players.
“There is no regulation that says that these young men cannot stand against the dishonoring of their mothers by you calling them ‘fire the son of a b****’ You tell me which of those children’s mothers is a son of a b****. That is racism. You cannot deny it. You cannot run for it, and I kneel in honor of them,” Jackson Lee said, referring to Trump’s comments which were anything but racist.
“I kneel in front of the flag and on this floor,” she said, kneeling behind the podium. “I kneel in honor of the First Amendment. I kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom. I kneel because I’m going to stand against racism. I kneel because I will stand with those young men, and I’ll stand with our soldiers. And I’ll stand with America, because I kneel.”
This convoluted grand-standing, of kneeling in order to be standing, was echoed by fellow Congressional Black Caucus member, Rep. John Lewis. The Georgia Democrat declared in a series of tweets that there was “nothing wrong with kneeling down to stand up against injustice.”
During another period, we knelt. There is nothing wrong with kneeling down to stand up against injustice. It’s protected by the Constitution pic.twitter.com/HgxqkOsqPU
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) September 25, 2017
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) September 25, 2017
Inspiring hashtags and copycat kneeling, taking the knee seems to be turning into a new national past-time for liberals. One has to wonder which American employers would be supportive of their employees using work hours to make political statements, demonstrate or protest perceived social injustices.
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On the heels of Lee’s act, a second House Democrat took a knee behind his podium at the end of a floor speech Tuesday, justifying his actions with more inane reasoning.
“I think today, taking a knee is becoming a broader sign of patriotism and respect for our country,” Rep. Mark Pocan said. “I join so many now in the NFL and elsewhere in taking a knee for the America that we all aspire it to be.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 26, 2017
The Wisconsin lawmaker amazingly used his time to slam the president with an arts and crafts project after ranting about all the people Trump has attacked on Twitter, from the NFL players, to the casts of “Hamilton” and “Saturday Night Live,” and “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski.
Pocan also showed a poster featuring all the things Trump has not attacked, like barbershop quartets, pumpkin spice lattes and white supremacists who attended a Charlottesville, Va.march last month.
“Although it’s fairly recent, pumpkin spice lattes. I know they just came out, it’s a sign of fall. But so far there’s no Twitter traffic from Trump tackling these tasty treats,” Pocan said, sending heads to desks everywhere.
At least one member of Congress has decided to address proper national anthem etiquette.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn filed a resolution on Monday that reiterates U.S. Code for conduct during the playing of the national anthem.
“If you’ve been watching all of the controversy about how people conduct themselves during the national anthem, guess what?” the Tennessee Republican said in a video posted on her Facebook page. “How you conduct yourself is actually in federal statute.”
The National Anthem is a source of American pride. Our flag is the ultimate symbol of unity – uniting all Americans under one banner as “Americans” – and we should respect it and those who have and continue to defend it.
Today I introduced a resolution in the House that reiterates current US code that during the playing of the National Anthem, “persons present who are not in uniform or are not members of the Armed Forces or veterans ‘should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over their heart'”
Read the U.S. Code outlining this here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/36/301
Read my Resolution here: https://blackburn.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Anthem_resolution.pdf
Posted by Marsha Blackburn on Monday, September 25, 2017
Veterans and members of the Armed Services and Armed Forces should give the military salute at the first note of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and hold the position until the last note according to Section 301(b) of title 36 of the U.S. code.
“All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.”
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