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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Once more Stephen Colbert steps up to the challenge of educating President Trump about an issue he has clearly misunderstood.

As Colbert explains, Trump is all wrong when he tells credulous supporters that football players are kneeling during the national anthem in protest against the flag. “Those players are protesting against racial injustice, they’re not protesting the American flag. Saying that kneeling is a protest against the flag is like saying Gandhi’s hunger strikes were a protest against snacking.”

The Late Show host also offers a few pro tips for Trump on respecting the American flag (hint: don’t hug it!). He does a killer impression of weirdo Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. And he offers a clue as to why NASCAR owners probably don’t have to worry about drivers protesting police misconduct.

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10 Responses to #EndorseThis: Colbert Schools Trump (And Mnuchin) On Why Athletes Are Kneeling

  1. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was a patriotic poem, which later became an anthem for Union troops, and the song increased in popularity in the ensuing decades, which led to President Woodrow Wilson signing an executive order in 1916 designating it as “the national anthem of the United States” for all military ceremonies.

    On March 3, 1931, after 40 previous attempts failed, a measure passed Congress and was signed into law that formally designated “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem of the United States.

    Truth is, Sir Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner, was neither an abolitionist nor a champion of Black causes. He was inspired to write “The Star Spangled Banner” but the slaveholder who believed Blacks to be “a distinct and inferior race of people, which all experience proves to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community,” showed little concern over the deaths of African-Americans be shelled by American forces. Key served as a trusted advisor in racist Andrew Jackson’s “Kitchen Cabinet” and was appointed a United States Attorney in 1833. Jackson’s portriat and statue are displayed in the Oval Office of POTUS 45.

    HIS IDEA OF “THE LAND OF THE FREE” OBVIOUSLY DID NOT INCLUDE THE LIBERTY AND FREEDOMS OF ENSLAVED BLACK POPULATION OF AMERICA, BECAUSE THAT DID NOT HAPPEN UNTIL MANY YEARS LATER WHEN PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN SIGNED THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION IN 1865.

    – THIRD VERSE – STAR SPANGLED BANNER BY FRANCIS SCOTT KEY:
    AND WHERE IS THAT BAND WHO SO VAUNTINGLY SWORE,
    THAT THE HAVOC OF WAR AND THE BATTLE’S CONFUSION
    A HOME AND A COUNTRY SHOULD LEAVE US NO MORE?
    THEIR BLOOD HAS WASH’D OUT THEIR FOUL FOOTSTEP’S POLLUTION.
    NO REFUGE COULD SAVE THE HIRELING AND SLAVE*
    FROM THE TERROR OF FLIGHT OR THE GLOOM OF THE GRAVE,
    AND THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER IN TRIUMPH DOTH WAVE
    O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. —

    *THE PHRASE “HIRELING AND SLAVE” USED IN THE ANTHEM REFERS TO BLACK SLAVES HIRED TO FIGHT ON THE SIDE OF THE BRITISH DURING THE WAR OF 1812.

    So, should Blacks, other than those under military command, stand for this Amended National Anthem?

    http://www.aframnews.com

  2. Oh man I just busted a gut when Trump says football ratings are down because people would rather watch Yours Truly ????
    Hey honey turn off football so I can watch more trump ????

    • Unfortunately, Beethoven, that would put a far more dangerous man in the oval office. Think about it, Beethoven, the first two in line are a deeply religious man who looks forward to the “End Days” (absolutely the perfect man to control the nuclear “button” with the power to end all life on earth). He is far more dangerous than Trump because he can sound like a perfectly reasonable and sane man while Trump has makes it obvious that he is neither. And then there is Ryan, supposedly a religious man but he adores Ayn Rand and does all he can to put her anti-Christian, anti-Constitutional belief into practice. If he had his way the USA would accelerate even faster into a totalitarian country ruled by the wealthy & big business (the Fascist far right Republican dream) while everyone else searched for sustenance in garbage dumps.

      • I agree that Pence and Ryan both would be able to do a lot of harm if they were in charge, but I still think Trump is more dangerous, partly because he is so unstable he is more likely to get us into a war with North Korea or Iran, and partly because, unlike Trump, at least Pence and Ryan do have some sense of an ethical code that they should follow.

        • My preference for Trump being in charge rather than the next two or three in line is that Trump is such an obvious nut that I am sure that the military has instituted safeguards (illegally for sure) to keep an insane person from destroying the world. On the other hand, neither Pence nor Ryan appear insane and can be very convincing and have many military followers.

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