A pretty remarkable statement

Well, you see, it’s not about free speech, at least not according to Trump.

Yep, she said that.

“The president doesn’t think that this is an issue simply of free speech,” Sanders responded when reporters questioned why the White House supported the Supreme Court’s decision to protect the rights of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple but not those of NFL players kneeling during the anthem.

“He thinks it’s about respecting the men and women of our military, it’s respecting our national anthem, and it’s about standing out of pride for that,” Sanders continued.

Involuntarily. On command. No dissent or refusal permitted.

Besides which, why is standing for a song at a football game in particular about respecting the men and women of our military and respecting our national anthem? Why is that and that alone a situation in which one is commanded by the president of the US to show highly symbolic “respect” for the military and the song being sung? Not lacrosse games, not picnics, not Halloween, not shopping, not sailing, not shoveling snow off the roof – just football games. What’s the connection? Is it the violence? Is that it? Is Trump thinking football is actually a branch of the military, because of all the players who end up disabled from playing it?

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