Trump attacks #TakeAKnee movement by retweeting meme showing wheelchair-bound teen standing for anthem
President Donald Trump pointed out that NFL's ratings were lowest in a decade and suggested that they may 'come back' if the players 'stood for flag and anthem'
President Donald Trump on Monday retweeted a meme showing a child in a wheelchair trying to stand up for the national anthem that read "If he can stand, so can you." The President retweeted from the account @The_Trump_Train as he's previously done a number of times.
In the tweet, a young boy in a wheelchair attempts to stand up as people march past holding the US flag. It says, “This little boy is attempting to stand for the US anthem without the use of his legs... If he can stand, so can you.”
STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM! pic.twitter.com/oHk86YNi0v— The Trump Train 🚂🇺🇸 (@The_Trump_Train) September 9, 2018
The photo was taken by Myron Leggett, a photographer who captured the moment his nephew Arek Trenholm attempted to stand for the anthem back in 2016, according to a New York Post article published at the time.
“To all of ‘Those’ that refuse to stand for the Flag of the United States of America…this is my nephew Arek Trenholm, he has 'spina bifida' he used his arms to ‘STAND’ from his wheelchair as our Flag passed by!!” the photographer wrote on Facebook at the time.
“He will never be able to ‘play’ football, if he could, he would ‘Stand’ as the flag passed or when the ‘National Anthem’ is played. Take a lesson!” he added.
During the first weekend of the NFL season this year, two Miami Dolphins players became the first to take a knee, thus prompting a response from the president. However, Colin Kaepernick, the NFL star who began the #TakeAKnee movement to protest police brutality against minorities and racism in the US in 2016, praised the duo following the match, Newsweek reports.
“Their courage will move the world forward," Kaepernick tweeted. "My Brothers @kstills and @ithinkisee12 continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed! They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. Love is at the root of our resistance."
However, Trump seems to be dismissing the move with his retweet. The commander-in-chief has been outspoken about football players kneeling during the anthem for quite some time and once even suggested that they should be fired from their respective teams.
In another incendiary message on Sunday slamming the NFL, President Trump tweeted, “Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison. Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!"