Drew Brees hasn’t had the greatest week after he had a divisive response about kneeling during the national anthem while the United States is currently in a state of social unrest. The New Orleans Saints quarterback has since apologized for his “insensitive comments” and some of his teammates have accepted it.
But the issue is far from over, because President Donald Trump opened Twitter on Friday to voice his support for Brees and proclaimed that every person in the country should stand for the anthem.
…We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2020
Trump says that Brees should have never issued an apology on Thursday, because he, like many others, believe that kneeling during the anthem is disrespecting the United States and its military.
The topic of kneeling has resurfaced as individuals nationwide are protesting police brutality and racial inequality following the death of African American man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis law enforcement officer Derek Chauvin. During said demonstrations, protestors took a knee in solidarity to raise awareness for said societal issues, just like Colin Kaepernick did back in 2016.
Donald Trump: Drew Brees should not have apologized, we all should stand https://t.co/XV7tIolWhf
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 5, 2020
That year, the former San Francisco 49ers signal caller got the advice to kneel by former US Army Green Beret Nate Boyer as a way to respect both the flag and the armed forces. Trump was vehemently against the demonstration when he ran for the presidency that year, and claimed that any NFL player that kneels during the anthem should be fired.
Expect Trump to tweet out his displeasure throughout the 2020 season because the expectation is that plenty of players will be continuing this trend regardless of the consequence.