As the battle heated up between President Trump and the NFL over the weekend, due to Trump’s condemnation of players who kneel in disrespect during the playing of the national anthem, several NASCAR team owners came out in support of the president.
Richard Childress, team-owner of drivers Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard, and longtime car owner of the late Dale Earnhardt said any type of protest of the anthem will “get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.”
“Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America,” Childress, a NASCAR Hall of Famer, said.
Team owner Richard Petty agreed with Childress, saying, “Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”
Petty said any protestors would be fired from Richard Petty Motorsports.
President Trump tweeted out his approval Sunday, saying, “So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!”
So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
Now, one well-known NASCAR driver has come out in opposition and is actually calling for protests, using a quote from former president John F. Kennedy. Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted Monday, “All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK.”
All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 25, 2017
Some applauded Earnhardt Jr., while others pounded him for his stance on Twitter:
And owners also have the right to fire employees who participate in said protest.
— Casey Cliatt (@cjcliatt) September 25, 2017
What the hell are they protesting, higher pay, or criminal rights.
— A New Begining USA (@JulioZ32) September 25, 2017
I’m all for peaceful protesting but what does millionaires taking a knee help..go into the communities & educate & help out..does more good
— Jaime Szymanski (@JSki521) September 25, 2017
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