Draft Dodger In Chief Trump Exploits Veterans to Attack NFL Players on Super Bowl Sunday

Draft Dodger In Chief Trump Exploits Veterans to Attack NFL Players on Super Bowl Sunday

Trump is Exploiting the Super Bowl and veterans to attack nfl players

President Trump’s feud with the National Football League and Colin Kaepernick has gone from being a Twitter romp to a full-fledged policy initiative. What was thought to be a negative hallmark of Trump’s freshman year in the Oval Office has made its way into his first State of the Union.

It is a devious move as it allows Trump to do three things at once: rile up his deluded base, boost his pseudo-patriotic appeal, and play to his racist base by attacking black people under the guise of supporting the troops, even though it was a white, former Green Beret veteran and football player, Nate Boyer, who convinced Kaepernick to kneel.

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With the 52nd Super Bowl set to play this Sunday, Trump has wasted no time in taking advantage of the annual football date to spread his propaganda. In a message that exploited veterans by connecting them to the Superbowl as though it is a military event, not a sporting event:

“As many Americans come together to watch the Super Bowl, Melania and I extend our greetings and appreciation for those who make occasions like this possible, particularly the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.”

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The President went on to boast his usual rhetoric, implying that anyone who did not stand up for the National Anthem was disrespecting the service of every soldier who works to protect the United States:

“Though many of our nation’s service members are unable to be home with family and friends to enjoy this evening’s American tradition, they are always in our thoughts and prayers. We owe these heroes the greatest respect for defending our liberty and our American way of life. Their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner. We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the national anthem.”

Of course, that completely ignores the truth, which is that our military has never fought to make the people submit to the President’s opinions, but instead they fight as they always have, to make sure Americans are entitled to opinions of their own. And it also ignores the fact that Trump himself is a draft dodger who took not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE deferrals from serving in the Vietnam war, claiming “bone spurs”. And yet he was athletic then, and still plays an amazing amount of golf for a man supposedly plagued by bone spurs for decades. Which means he’s got a lot of nerve to talk about military sacrifice.

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While most people would prefer to forget about politics during the Super Bowl, the conservative attacks on peacefully protesting NFL players like Kaepernick and the 200 others that have chosen to kneel has turned this into a full-fledged social movement. Trump wants to increase the divide in this country by pitting working class Americans against minorities and institutions like the FBI, all while he works behind the scenes to screw the middle class, law enforcement, and yes, even veterans.

Preventing small ideological differences from separating us is the key to maintaining a fully functioning democracy. And the President shouldn’t be further trying to divide Americans over what we disagree with, he should be trying to unite them. And he could do that by acknowledging that in a free country, you have the right to take a knee if you feell that’s right. And just as much right not to. As President Obama said in September 2016:

“The test of our fidelity to our Constitution, to freedom of speech, to our Bill of Rights, is not when it’s easy, but when it’s hard. We fight sometimes so that people can do things that we disagree with … As long as they’re doing it within the law, then we can voice our opinion objecting to it but it’s also their right.”

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