NASCAR put out a statement this afternoon hours after President Donald Trump praised them on Twitter:
So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
The President may have been responding to a report about how some execs and team owners have reacted to protests during the national anthem:
It appeared no drivers, crew or other team members participated in a protest during the national anthem to start the NASCAR Cup series race Sunday in Loudon, New Hampshire. Several team owners and executives had said they wouldn’t want anyone in their organizations to protest.
Richard Childress, who was Dale Earnhardt’s longtime team owner, said of protesting, “It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.” Childress says he told his team that “anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”
Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty’s sentiments took it a step further, saying: “Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. weighed in this morning:
All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 25, 2017
But this afternoon, NASCAR put out a statement both affirming their “respect for the national anthem” and for the right of people to “peacefully express” their opinions:
NASCAR statement pic.twitter.com/Sme0Gjww5e
— #NASCARPlayoffs (@NASCAR) September 25, 2017
[image via screengrab / NASCAR]
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