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Army Veteran Trump Supporter Says Kaepernick Has Every Right to Protest

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Tense times continue to tore our country in half. It’s getting to the point, especially on social media, with people on each sides calling each other bots, and forget that we are all human. I had a soften heart as of late for a particular issue, especially because I am a United States Army vet, and I took an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States.

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers took it upon himself to take a knee during the National Anthem during a football game. This caused a big uproar from the majority of the fans saying it was offensive to Veterans, active duty, and all Americans. Fans started a boycott of the NFL while Kaepernick and his fellow teammates and players to continue to take a knee and no one is wanting to hear why this protest has taken place.

I found myself having such pride in my country, flag, and anthem that I let my emotions get the best of me and went with the crowd against this protest. Even our wonderful President of the United States, Donald Trump got involved speaking for the people by asking players to stand for our flag out of respect for America. This protest, which we find out later to be about police brutality in the black community, is continuing to tear this country apart. I thought to myself, a committed President Trump supporter and said, I took an oath to protect the United States Constitution, especially the right of free speech, and I vow to protect it even if it means I disagree with it 100 percent. I think this is the message that needs to be stated by our make America great again camp, hopefully, to end this divide once and for all.

What needs to come out of the Trump camp is this; Colin Kaepernick has every right to protest and exercise his right of free speech, something I as a Veteran fought for. Regardless if you don’t like it or not, I feel it’s the right thing to do to hear him out on something he feels is really important enough to protest during the game. We need to do better as citizens to look at the viewpoint of others to solve our problems and come together as a country, and not automatically shut the other one out. I do applaud the President for speaking for the majority of Americans, but in reality, if Police brutality is truly a problem, I request our President to meet with Colin Kaepernick to find out what is he trying to accomplish with his protest. I am not saying we have to agree with it, but give him the right to be able to speak his voice, this will show that every American has a right to be heard, and we can work together in spite of our political differences and truly make America great again.

About David Weissman

David Weissman

2 Comments

  1. Phillip Godwin

    November 30, 2017 at 5:37 am

    I agree David! I’d hoped my President wld have agreed it is KP RIGHT but shared is point on why President Trump disagreed.I dnt like it but it is a constitutional right.I’d like to see our country come together rather than division.i hate our country is divided the way we are.thanks for the ear, i follow you on [email protected] My son is a ssg in the Army.He and i discuss these issues all the time.Take care God Bless

  2. Bryan

    November 30, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    David this protest has nothing to do with police brutality. It has everything to do with our anthem and flag. You should really look into what Kaepernick things of the flag.

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