On Monday, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. quoted John F. Kennedy after Donald Trump criticized NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem at games.
"All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests," he tweeted Monday. "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK."
Trump has maintained that he is proud of Nascar because they "won't disrespect our flag."
According to The Hill, Trump remarked on Monday that fans who booed players who refused to stand during the national anthem were demanding respect for the nation's flag. He also responded to critics, particularly those in the mainstream media who believe his remarks about the NFL are driven by race. In particular, he claimed that his remarks aren't about race, but rather the nation's flag and respect for the nation.
The NFL has been criticized for national anthem protests since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during a 2016 preseason game. Kaepernick claimed he was protesting racial injustice and police brutality.
On Saturday, President Trump tweeted, “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country). “[He or she] should stand for the national anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"
President Trump also addressed the controversy in a recent speech, remarking that those who don't stand should be fired. You can watch President Trump's remarks at the video below.
In response to Trump's comments, players throughout the day on Sunday have begun kneeling during the anthem, with three teams choosing to skip the national anthem altogether.
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