NASCAR has a reputation for patriotism, so one wouldn’t expect it to be infected with the same left-wing, anti-American, cop-hating madness currently infecting the National Football League. Yet apparently even NASCAR isn’t a refuge from this insanity — which has one of professional racing’s biggest icons under its sway.
Raw Story reports that Dale Earnhardt Jr. fired off a tweet today embracing the protesters:
On Twitter Monday morning, Earnhardt Jr. expressed his support for the right of all Americans to engage in nonviolent protests — and he shared a quote from John F. Kennedy in which he said that, “those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
Over the weekend, multiple NASCAR owners said they would fire drivers who took a knee during the national anthem, and Trump on Monday tweeted out his approval of their threatened crackdown on protests.
“‘So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans,” the president wrote. “They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!”
Does Earnhardt Jr. not bother to familiarize himself with what’s actually going on in a story before wading into it? Does he simply get his news from Raw Story? Because neither Trump nor anyone else has said that Americans don’t have a legal right to engage in peaceful protests.
People do not necessarily have a contractual right to engage in peaceful protests while on the clock at their place of employment and getting paid to do a job. Tweets have no legal power, and Trump isn’t calling for government to force anything; he’s simply expressing his opinion that the employers of those making a scene and detracting from the game in the name of a bogus cause exercise their own rights.
The charitable interpretation of this is that Earnhardt Jr. was simply misled into thinking Trump said something he didn’t, but the particular quote he chose suggests the charitable interpretation might not be deserved. Does he agree with the protest itself, rather than simply the right to do so? Does he think a “peaceful revolution” against the (imaginary) racism of America’s police necessary?
Either way, it’s a depressing indicator that another of America’s games might not be as American as it was in the past.