As NFL football players continue to protest during the national anthem (despite historically low viewership and attendance at games which has led to cancellation of a televised broadcast ), a politician has thrust himself into the limelight with a display of his own.
According to KPIX, San Anselmo councilman Ford Greene took the kneeling protest out of the sports arena, and into city council meetings.
Greene has been dropping to a knee during the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of council meetings since the Oct. 10. Some council members assumed he was backing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s Black Lives Matter protest. Although supportive of the former 49er, Greene says he’s protesting something else.
Apparently, Greene has never been asked in the two months that he has been kneeling why he was doing so. Now that a newspaper reporter asked, KPIX reports that Green’s protest is against the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
“I can’t stand the destruction Donald Trump is wreaking on our country,” Green reportedly said. “Eliminating net neutrality, his use of office of the Presidency for his own selfish business gain.”
Former San Anselmo Councilman Tom McInerney said Greene’s actions are “laughable,” and that he has “a tendency to grandstand.” According to KPIX, the laughter heard in a video which shows Green’s protest (see below) is McInerney.
“If you engage in protest, the whole point is to tell people why you’re doing it instead of keeping it secret,” McInerney said.
On his website, Green says: “I am an advocate of the tenets of rugged individualism, self reliance, personal independence, self-discipline, moral accountability, imagination and personal creativeness. I also reserve and vigorously exercise my right to criticize and/or support anybody, including the Government.”
In the vein, Greene reportedly plans to continue to kneel during the Pledge of Alliance at council meetings, and will also take his protest to the Central Marin Police Council, where he represents San Anselmo.
— KCBS 106.9 FM/740 AM (@KCBSNews) December 28, 2017
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