Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), a former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force who currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves, schooled Republicans who didn’t serve on NFL players’ rights to protest as they used the flag in their attempts to defend President Trump attacking NFL players who kneel, saying they should be fired.
Trump is clinging to the flag as a reason why he should be allowed to order NFL players not to protest, which tells you everything you need to know about the President’s authoritarian leanings and inability to handle dissent.
Ted Lieu schooled draft-dodging Trump:
"As someone who took deferments to avoid military service, @realDonaldTrump has no moral standing to tell anyone to stand or to #TakeTheKnee.
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/911904261553950720 …" @tedlieu
Lieu schooled Republican Senator Ben Sasse after he invoked the flag as a reason why players shouldn’t kneel:
"Dear @BenSasse: Those of us who served active duty know the oath we took was to US Constitution. That means the right to kneel, stand or sit
https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/911732810427150336 …" @tedlieu
Lieu wondered if Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was “stupid as a rock” after he clung to the flag while trying to defend Trump attacking players who kneel, asserting, “It’s not about free speech. They can do free speech on their own time.”
"Dear @stevenmnuchin1: I am beginning to think that in govt, you are stupid as a rock. US Constitution also applies to NFL players. Get it?
https://twitter.com/ENBrown/status/911941846447816704 …" @tedlieu
Lieu turned it around on the private jet on the taxpayer’s dime Mnunchin:
"Hey Steve Mnuchin, many people say you should fly private jets "on your own time" with your own money. @stevenmnuchin1
https://twitter.com/ABC/status/911960005108228096 …" @tedlieu
For those who missed the memo, Lieu educated:
"America is a confident democracy. That's why we let folks #TakeAKnee. We don't force people to stand during the anthem or bow to dear leader" @tedlieu
Thank Republicans for yet another riches of embarrassment moment when they threw their country aside in order to defend their draft-dodging leader who is mentally on par with the leader of North Korea. A man so small he can’t handle football players having the right to protest the treatment of minorities in their own country.
A man so small that he used his own reality TV show fame to propel himself to the White House so that he could silence others who use their fame to help the vulnerable.