NASCAR followed Trump's lead in demonizing players who dare to stand up for their beliefs.

 

Background: 

Last year, pro-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice. He claimed that he would not kneel for a flag representing a country that continues to oppress black lives and people of color, amid increased reports of police brutality against black citizens.

Kaepernick's decision to kneel earned him more criticism than his fellow players found guilty of domestic violence, but it also sparked unity protests from other players.

On Sunday, many players chose to take the knee as the anthem played, including players from Trump's favorite, the New England Patriots. Other players locked arms on the field in a sign of unity. Still, others refused to even walk onto the field until the anthem had ended.

Trump became furious with the players who kneeled, saying that NFL should change their policy and require players to stand for anthems, or fire them.

 

What's Happening Now: 

NASCAR saw the opportunity and seized it, apparently desperate to take any fans football might have lost because they couldn't handle discussions surrounding racial inequality.

On Sunday, several NASCAR team owners said they would not condone protests of the national anthem.

Ricard Petty, former NASCAR champion and current owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, said he would fire any of his drivers who chose to express their protected right to peaceful protest. He went as far to say that anyone who chose to protest during the national anthem “oughta be out of the country.”

Another opinionated former driver and current owner, Richard Childress, said that his drivers need to respect the country we live in because there are those who gave their life for it. He ended his statement with “This is America”, which is terribly ironic considering in this America, we protect the right to free speech and the right to assemble peacefully, which is what NFL players have been doing.

Trump, who has been obsessed with tearing down the protesting NFL players, ate it up:

This was just one of his more recent additions in a Tweetstorm he has lobbied against the NFL players in erratic behavior hyper-focused on small issues, which is Trump's usual style.

So, in case you need an update, Trump has officially been harsher on kneeling peaceful protestors than he was on white supremacists. Carrying around a Confederate flag, a symbol among other hateful things of treason against the United States, makes you a God-fearing American who respects history, but kneeling until equality is reached means you disrespect every person who has ever died for this country?

The NFL protestors are doing the most American thing they can: exercising the rights granted to them by the Constitution to protest an unfit and unfair government that refuses to address the continuous oppression of minority groups.

H/T: The Hill