To the Editor: On July 21, Donald Trump tweeted, "Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our country, the game is over for me!"
Trump's beguiling adoration with the American flag and the national anthem is another example of his hypocritical stance on patriotism.
He rebukes and berates those who kneel during the national anthem and then, not only allows Russia to go unpunished for placing bounties on the lives of American soldiers in Afghanistan but also denies knowledge of it and claims it's another Democratic "hoax."
He is not a patriot but does play one on TV. He uses the flag and the anthem like he uses everything else: for his own benefit and to manipulate the masses.
America was founded on the principles of freedom of speech and expression. The First Amendment to the Constitution states in part, "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech."
Governments should not censor the expression or voice of their people.
It is your constitutional right as an American to agree or disagree with someone kneeling during the national anthem. Just as it is also your right to kneel or not.
However, the game was over for me three years ago when the President of the United States, Donald Trump, figuratively knelt and continues to kneel on both knees in submission and worship at the feet of his doppelgänger, Vladimir Putin.
Adjunct Assistant Professor,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
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