Letter to the Editor
President Trump, the NFL and the First Amendment
Monday, September 25, 2017
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech. This covers not only spoken or printed words, but actions as well. The Supreme Court has ruled that even political contributions to the party you support are covered. Actions — kneeling — by athletes during the playing of the national anthem to demonstrate their resistance to the blatant racism in our country is another form of free speech. Somehow, President Trump is not aware of, or does not understand the meaning of the amendment. His message to the owners of the teams “fire the s.o.b.s for disrespecting the flag” violates the amendment in every respect.
The response by coaches, owners and players on Sunday was overwhelming as they knelt together to react to the presidents words. Many, from different parties related his comment to his comments following the Charlottesville riots regarding the white supremacists. Should we expect more from the president?
— Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake