President Donald Trump’s “get that son of a b–h off the field” comment Friday night about NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem started a fiery debate on social media with some calling for the protection of free speech and others calling for an NFL boycott.
During a speech at a rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange, the president suggested the NFL fire players who protest police brutality by refusing to stand during the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag,” Trump said, “to say ‘get that son of a b–h off the field’ right now, out! He’s fired?'”
Over the course of the 12 hours that followed, Twitter was hit with comments from both sides of the argument that resulted in #TakeAKnee trending. Many continue to call the protest disrespect for the flag and the country it represents.
“Don’t take American money, then disrespect the people paying you outrageous salaries, to play a game. Go ahead and kneel. We won’t be watching! #BoycottNFL,” one tweet reads. Here are a handful of the others who’ve had their fill of those who kneel:
You may kneel down in protest against your country, & against those who keep us safe but don't count on me standing among u ever
— SagesOfAges (@ages_sages) September 23, 2017
#TakeAKnee Thank god those heroes in WW1 & WW2 etc. didn't take a knee otherwise we would all be talking German or worst yet not at all.
— Richard (@Richard14483002) September 23, 2017
— Tulsa Trader (@TulsaTrader) September 23, 2017
— Altair Araujo ???? (@AltairAraujoJr) September 23, 2017
— tiffany sims parker (@tsimsparker) September 23, 2017
— AmericanME (@AmericanLuvSong) September 23, 2017
On the flip side, there are others who spoke up in opposition to the POTUS’ statement.
“Donald Trump’s remark are a powerful example of why we have the First Amendment. We kneel with Colin Kaepernick,” wrote Zac Huerta in reference to the former San Francisco 49er quarterback. Here are a few of the others:
Donald Trump’s remarks are a powerful example of why we have the First Amendment. We kneel with Colin Kaepernick. #TakeAKnee
— zac huerta (@dirtysunboy) September 23, 2017
Im a libertarian, I believe in freedom and protection of rights. Even in disagreement. So if you want to kneel, go for it. #TakeAKnee
— Dadito Finessiano (@serooj255) September 23, 2017
— Larry Skywalker (@ihave5broats) September 23, 2017
#TakeAKnee even if they bench you. Even if they jeer and hiss and throw things and drag your name through the mud. Stand up by kneeling down
— HOCKEY'S BACK (@tictacbergerac) September 23, 2017
— Queen Anne (@stinglikeabijou) September 23, 2017
I love how ppl say that it disrespects veterans to #TakeAKnee yet the nazis protest doesn't disrespect the millions of veterans from WWII
— Laney Bomberger (@LaneyBogs08) September 23, 2017