CNN anchor Don Lemon blasts the NFL for standing during the anthem at games. He labeled it and the pageantry surrounding it as "fake patriotism."
“This isn’t about some fake patriotism, about standing or some pageantry. Real patriotism is understanding what the Constitution means for all Americans and abiding by the Constitution, not doing some false presentation that you pretend to be a patriot while other people are around you going to the concession stands, getting beer, or fights in the stands or talking to each other with their baseball caps on,” Lemon said during an appearance on CNN Tuesday evening. “That is not real patriotism. Real patriotism is understanding that all of us are created equal and we have the choice to stand, kneel or sit, or even attend a football game if we choose to.”
Lemon took it a step further and called out President Donald Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. He claims the two "have it all wrong" when it comes to patriotism. He touched on when Sanders said America is such a great nation because "we stand during the national anthem."
“What makes this country great is that we have the choice to stand or not to stand during the national anthem. This is not a dictatorship,” the CNN anchor continued. “We don’t have to do anything in this country.”
Angela Mitchell of MSNBC held a similar stance. Per Breitbart News:
During a recent appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell expressed a similar claim, saying the NFL’s “hypocrisy is so profound” on the issue.
“Take a look at any NFL stadium, and people are getting hot dogs, people are getting beers. They’re not standing and saluting the anthem, for a large part. They’re not. They’re distracted. They’re fans at an event,” Mitchell said last month. “And the fact that the players do not have this freedom of speech and that no one is even thinking about Colin Kaepernick … who’s been basically blackballed and can’t be hired — it’s just outrageous.”
Lemon added that Trump knows that asking athletes to stand for the national anthem “animates his base,” and “he is going to continue on with it.”
“He cannot be a unifier. He cannot be the unifier in chief. I don’t know what it is about him that he can’t do it,” Lemon said. “It seems that this is an issue where he could actually bring the country together, bring the team and talk to team owners and players, and try to get them to come to some sort of consensus about this.”
As usual the far left Don Lemon is out of touch. Check out some of the responses from Twitter:
Don Lemon says that standing for the National Anthem is “fake patriotism.”
Standing for the anthem is how we show respect for those that gave their lives for this country - no decent person has to think twice about this.
When life gives you Lemons, change the channel.
— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) June 8, 2018
Don Lemon believes that it is “fake patriotism” to stand for the national anthem.
There’s nothing fake about honoring the sacrifice of the men and women who have fought for our country.
CNN knows nothing about patriotism...
and Don Lemon knows nothing about journalism.
— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) June 8, 2018
Democrats are expert at being fake patriots, they are horrible at understanding real patriotism and they are horrible at understanding the rights of businesses. Corporations have the right to decide proper behavior. https://t.co/S5PegtboyR
— Peter Shinn (@petershinn) June 8, 2018
Moron thinks we stand for the players! @donlemon Actually Fake patriotism is you and your kind! Go get a job with your queen of the north you'll be happy there! And while your contemplating that watch this. https://t.co/sMKrp0rK1a Your loosing your own in record numbers! https://t.co/lMSKuNkWCW
— Patriot Paul (@specificproduct) June 8, 2018