Recently, I watched President Trump as he stated that any athlete who knelt on a knee (silently) during the playing of the national anthem should be fined. What’s more, that the athletes should not remain in the United States since they were unpatriotic.

Years ago, I watched on TV while Roseanne Barr sang the national anthem at the opening of a sports event while scratching her crotch (She thought it was funny; I did not).

Please help me to understand why President Trump’s friends can ridicule the national anthem but athletes cannot protest silently?

CAROL GOODWIN

Whitewater

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