North Dakota farmer Gene Hanson found a clever way to make his feelings known about players “taking a knee” or hiding in the locker room during the singing of the national anthem. “We stand for the National Anthem” was the message he plowed into his bean crops this week.
It turned out to be an effective way to get attention, considering that Hanson was personally applauded and recognized by President Donald Trump himself on Facebook. He was also invited to appear on Fox News on Tuesday (see video below).
Hanson, 77, of Edgeley, North Dakota, plowed the massive message — which spans the length of two football fields — in response to the controversial protests by some NFL players who have been kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“I go with [President] Trump on this one,” Hanson told Fox News. “If you want to protest, that’s not the place to do it. A lot of people died over our flag. We’re able to voice our opinion because of it. If you’re going to show respect for anything, do it for the national anthem.”
Hanson’s message, which can clearly be seen from the air, has been widely praised.
This isn’t the first time the farmer has taken to the field on his 850-acre farm to make a political point. Using his old Massey tractor, Hanson determinedly plows the words into a harvested bean field, then flies his two-seater plane overhead to check out his handiwork. If it looks good, he takes a picture with his camera and posts it on Facebook.
Some of his previous messages include “Drain the Swamp,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “GOP, get your act together” and “Vote Trump.”
His message regarding the national anthem is one of respect. “I didn’t think it was anything about black, white or brown, Democrat or Republican. It was all about honoring our flag and our country,” Hanson said on “Fox & Friends.”
“There’s a lot of people that died for it, so I thought that it should be honored.”
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