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

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

Mnuchin's claim that this isn't about race is a mnunch of mnonsense. It's absolutely about race.

It's about a president's unwillingness or inability to acknowledge the racial issues behind the kneeling protests.

It's about the implication that black NFL players are earning big money not because of hard work but because predominantly white team owners are giving them the "privilege" of playing.

It's about Trump forcefully condemning black NFL players engaged in peaceful protest while nearly bending over backward to keep from condemning the torch-wielding white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville.

It's about an administration that calls for the firing of NFL players speaking their minds through their actions at work -- actions that don't impact anyone else -- while also putting forth an argument to the U.S. Supreme Court that a Christian baker who refuses to make a cake for a gay wedding is protected by the First Amendment.

So which is it? Is free speech a thing at work or not?

Who knows? This is Lyin' Trump we're talking about, the one who was for peaceful protests in January and then against them this weekend. Maybe it's the time of year. Maybe Trump thinks peaceful protests are fine in the colder months but disreputable when it's hot out.

Or maybe the problem was that this weekend's peaceful protest involved NFL players protesting police treatment of black people and didn't involve a white Christian baker protesting someone's sexuality. Is the fear that Christian bakers might be forced to kneel on cakes during same-sex weddings while the national anthem plays?

I don't know. It's all very confusing.

What I do know is that it feels really good to do free speech at work, so I'm going to keep going.

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