President Trump honored the U.S. military by urging Americans to stand for the national anthem during the 2018 Super Bowl. And surprisingly, they did.
Both the Philadelphia Eagles — the newly crowned Super Bowl champions — and defending champs the New England Patriots stood for the Star-Spangled Banner as singer Pink belted out the tune in glorious fashion. The Eagles were the only NFL team to have never knelt during the national anthem.
It was a rare moment of unity as NFL players put aside their protest before a worldwide audience of football fans.
The 2018 Super Bowl drew more than 100 million viewers. Those monster ratings are below the record 114.4 million from 2015, but are still fantastic considering that NFL ratings cratered in 2017 due to the league’s anthem protest.
In a statement, President Trump declared: “As many Americans come together to watch the Super Bowl, Melania and I extend our greetings and appreciation for those who make occasions like this possible, particularly the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.”
The president paid homage to the fallen heroes of the U.S. Armed Forces, who made the highest sacrifice to ensure our democracy. “We owe [our fallen] heroes the greatest respect for defending our liberty and our American way of life,” Trump said.
“Their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner. We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the National Anthem.”
President Trump has repeatedly slammed the National Football League for not doing more to halt the disrespect of the Star-Spangled Banner and the American flag, calling the gesture unpatriotic and distasteful.
Unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick launched the protests in August 2016, when he hijacked football games by refusing to stand for the anthem. Other players later joined the protest, which decimated the NFL’s popularity and brand.
Fans disgusted by the injection of liberal politics into their leisure time boycotted the league in droves. But the NFL redeemed itself somewhat at the Super Bowl by paying tribute to the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and by standing once again for the national anthem.
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