The revolting anti-American protests rage on in the NFL.
Despite plummeting viewership and admonitions from owners like Jerry Jones, several players continue to disrespect the flag and the National Anthem.
Leftists disapprove of President Trump’s rebuke of the protesters, but they may be surprised at how Barack Obama would’ve handled the situation.
Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz suggests that Obama would’ve essentially handled the controversy the same way.
Sunday on New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said that he did not believe former President Barack Obama, and his administration would have handled the NFL players protesting the National Anthem any differently than President Donald Trump and his administration, outside of the threat to end the “massive” tax breaks.
I don’t know that the Obama administration would’ve handled it any differently,” Dershowitz told host John Catsimatidis. “I think President Obama would have said he disapproves of kneeling during the National Anthem. He probably wouldn’t have threatened tax consequences to the owners, but I think that’s just a threat. The president doesn’t have the power enforce that. It requires Congress to do it.”
Dershowitz is largely correct. For all of Obama’s faults and scandalous behavior, he was still the Commander-in-Chief. He shouldn’t abide by such blatant disrespect for the armed forces.
Obama commented on the fledgling controversy when Colin Kaepernick first kneeled last year.
From Time Magazine:
“There are gonna be a lot of folks who do stuff we don’t agree with…but as long as they’re doing it within the law, then we can voice our opinion objecting to it, but it’s also their right,” Obama said during a CNN town hall event last September, not long after Kaepernick first knelt.
“I want Mr. Kaepernick and others who are on a knee, I want them to to listen to the pain that that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing. But I also want people to think about the pain he may be expressing about somebody who’s lost a loved one that they think was unfairly shot,” Obama said.
Though not nearly as stern as Trump, Obama did object to it.
If he had to deal with the same level of discord Trump did, Obama would have had no choice but to take a harder stance, or risk losing the faith of his generals and the patriotic Americans who voted for him.