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Trump wants to fire those who 'disrespect' America? He should start at home

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

A United States president once made a wise and heartfelt statement, one we should all remember in the wake of Sunday's silent protests by hundreds of NFL players.

That president wrote: "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views."

The date was Jan. 22 of this year, the statement was made on Twitter, and the president was Donald J. Trump.

He was, apparently, lying.

We know that because the same Donald J. Trump spent the weekend angry at NFL protesters, accusing players who choose to kneel during the national anthem -- a choice meant to draw attention to police brutality against black Americans -- of disrespecting America. He said repeatedly, during a rally in Alabama on Friday and on Twitter over the weekend, that these players should be fired.

In two tweets, Lyin' Trump wrote: "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) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"

 

So much for recognizing people's rights to express their views.

To back Trump up on his complete reversal of opinion, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin went on ABC's "This Week" and said of the NFL players: "This isn't about Democrats, it's not about Republicans, it's not about race, it's not about free speech. They can do free speech on their own time."

They can "do free speech" on their own time? That means no free speech during work hours, folks. Which means, I guess, that I should be fired, as I do free speech on the company dime A LOT.

In fact, I'm going to do some free speech right now:

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