At this point in time, who is NOT fed up with the NFL players protesting the national anthem? Everyone that I know has pretty much had it. They are either not going to games or they are burning their season tickets and telling the NFL – go screw yourself! They have had enough of the overpaid players disrespecting our flag, our country and our military. Enough is enough!
Now, to top it off, Ford Motor Company has launched itself into the thick of things. Instead of siding with most Americans, Ford is siding with the NFL players.
Let’s get one thing straight, shall we? Yes, the players have a RIGHT to protest. The problem is…these morons are protesting DURING the national anthem AND DURING a football game…that was meant for the enjoyment of others. It was meant to provide entertainment…NOT entertainment MIXED with in your face politics and disrespecting our military.
According to AltDriver, Ford released a statement on Monday that clearly sides with NFL players who kneel during the anthem over a majority of Americans who are against protesting the flag and anthem.
“We respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great,” a spokesman for Ford said.
The Ford family owns the NFL’s Detroit Lions and Ford and is a major sponsor of the NFL. The company appears to be putting what it considers its financial interests above its core demographic.
Martha Firestone Ford, a member of the Ford family and owner of the Lions, strongly criticized President Donald Trump last Sunday for his comments criticizing players who disrespect our anthem and flag.
“Our game has long provided a powerful platform for dialogue and positive change in many communities throughout our nation,” Ford said. “Negative and disrespectful comments suggesting otherwise are contrary to the founding principles of our country, and we do not support those comments or opinions.”
Ford, the country’s second-largest automaker, seems to have forgotten a bulk of its employees — as well as customers — are blue-collar, hard-working Americans.
That core demographic is what propelled then-candidate Trump win states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and many other states across the country in the 2016 presidential election.
Given a choice between taking the side of most of its employees and customers and choosing protesters instead, Ford appears to have sided with NFL players who insult our national anthem and flag.
According to a CBS poll, released on Thursday 41 percent of respondents believe professional athletes should use their platforms to discuss politics “but only on their own time.”
The poll found an additional 27 percent said professional athletes “should not” use their platforms to discuss political issues.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday said that 58 percent of voters believe that “professional athletes should be required to stand during the national anthem at sporting events.”
Despite Ford suggesting it supports athletes protesting our anthem and flag, a majority of Americans believe kneeling during national anthem is disrespectful.
So, here we have the country’s second-largest automaker who’s got a three-year agreement with the NFL that makes the Ford F-Series THE NFL’s official truck…basically supporting players and disrespecting our president, our nation and our military, along with the flag.
The Ford family has owned the Lions for decades. Members of the family also govern the Ford company. Ford’s executive chairman and chairman of the board is William Clay Ford Junior, and Edsel Ford II sits on the company’s board.
Of course, Trump has doubled down on his criticism of the protesting players, their fans and the NFL. “Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country,” he tweeted on Sunday.
He also told his supporters to consider a boycott. “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our country, you will see change take place fast,” he tweeted.
Ford Motor Company may make the F-Series and it may be the NFL official truck, but they had better be extremely careful or they will no longer be America’s truck. Americans will just take their money ELSEWHERE!
If there is one thing that hardworking Americans support, it’s our military and our flag! The NFL players and Ford Motor Company better wake up soon or there will no longer be a huge amount fans supporting their fat salaries and their nice taxpayer funded stadiums.
“The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!” Trump said in another tweet.
If the NFL doesn’t wake up soon, the stands will be empty. Then, Ford can take their little F-Series that was built ‘Ford tough’ and go F-themselves.