What's more disrespectful: Kneeling during the anthem or not lowering the flag for John McCain?

What's more disrespectful: Kneeling during the anthem or not lowering the flag for John McCain?

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After the death of Sen. John McCain, flags around the country are expected to fly at half-staff through the late senator's internment—but not at the White House. McCain had clashed numerous times with President Donald Trump, who once argued McCain was not a war hero because he had been captured (McCain was a prisoner of war for over five years in Vietnam). But Trump is often vocal about respecting the flag; he believes NFL players who kneel for the anthem are disrespecting the troops. What do you think?

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President Trump has made his opinion on NFL players kneeling during the anthem abundantly clear, saying as recently as July, “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” Per Vox:

Trump’s critiques of the NFL protests date back to his time on the campaign trail in August 2016 when, speaking of the early days of Kaepernick’s protests, he said that if the athlete was truly upset, he “should find a country that works better for him.”
But they drew even more attention last September, when, during a rally for then-Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, Trump argued that players who protest should be removed from the field. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now!’” Trump said.

The National Flag Foundation website has an explainer of flag etiquette, which reads: 

FLYING THE FLAG AT HALF-STAFF: The pertinent section of the Flag Code says, "by order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law.

The president believes kneeling during the national anthem, which is protected under the First Amendment, should be a fireable offense. 

After Sen. John McCain's death, many journalists noted the flag over the White House was flying at full-staff after briefly being lowered.

Vanity Fair recently summarized President Trump's views on kneeling during the anthem.

What seemed like every Sunday, Monday, and Thursday during the season, Trump logged onto Twitter to rant about how supposedly shameful it was for players protesting racial inequality not to stand during the anthem. “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED,” he wrote in late September. “Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!” he tweeted a day later, followed by a pronouncement that “the issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!” He continued the attacks offline, telling supporters at an Alabama rally that owners should say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!”

A video of Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke defending the rights of people to kneel during the national anthem has recently gone viral. O'Rourke argues kneeling in protest is profoundly American.

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