A member of the U.S. men’s fencing team took a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner on Friday, at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru., Breitbart reports.
Race Imboden an Olympic medalist and member of the U.S. men’s foil team, took a knee after his team won the gold at the games. He also took to Twitter to exclaim how ashamed he is of the United States, the Washington Post reported.
“We must call for change. This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list. I chose to sacrifie my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.”
and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list.
I chose to sacrifie my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.
— Race Imboden (@Race_Imboden) August 10, 2019
Mark Jones, vice president of communications for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, issued a statement noting that Imboden violated the rules of the games with his protest against the United States.
“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature. In this case, Race didn’t adhere to the commitment he made to the organizing committee and the USOPC. We respect his rights to express his viewpoints, but we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment. Our leadership are reviewing what consequences may result,” ” Jones said.
It is infuriating that the complacency and the tolerating of this kneeling during our National Anthem is like a cancer in the United States. People seem to think it is these peoples right to kneel in “protest” of whatever their latest and greatest liberal bleeding hearts come up with. Let me break it down for you with the blunt truth:
The national anthem pays respect to the people who have risked their lives, been injured, or died defending the United States.
When you are on a national stage or playing a sport in-which a person receives an income, they should be held to the same standards as everyone else, they should be fired. If these kneelers truly cared about their “protest” then they would actually go make a difference, not just do it when the spotlight is on them. It is pathetic and should not be tolerated.
So this idiot got his 15 minutes of fame for being an Anti-American scumbag-congratulations.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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