Just the vice president of the United States celebrating the loss of free speech rights for pro athletes. https://t.co/YYuKnAsr6Z
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) May 23, 2018
Today’s decision by the @NFL is a win for the fans, a win for @POTUS, and a win for America. Americans can once again come together around what unites us – our flag, our military, and our National Anthem. Thank you NFL. #ProudToStand pic.twitter.com/zNwxhYGNaN
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 23, 2018
Just here to remind all those loud, frothing patriots out there that kneeling during the National Anthem before NFL games was a compromise brokered by a Green Beret.
— Matt Gallagher (@MattGallagher0) May 23, 2018
If I were Trump I'd be nervous about Pence playing more and more openly as a MAGA chud instead of his usual role as the team's wire-hanger selling rapture prepper. Like he's getting ready to inherit the fanbase. https://t.co/MRyt4u2uuS
— zeddy (@Zeddary) May 23, 2018
I’ve written before about “extinction bursts”, where an organism that stops getting the expected response to an action will redouble its efforts in attempt to get its reward. The NFL seems to be in the middle of such an extinction burst — its TV revenues are dropping, and as a result, they’ve just doubled down on their worst authoritarian impulses. And Mike Pence is the GOP Extinction Burst made flesh, applauding the jingoism for the hardcore Deplorables…
Political correctness is ruining free speech in America. To fight it, we insist that professional athletes participate in nationalist rituals in the proscribed fashion without expressing any views, to avoid offense. To do otherwise would endorse snowflakes and their safe spaces.
— HerebyDemandHat (@Popehat) May 23, 2018
In case you forgot, the reason the NFL, patriotism and the military are so closely aligned is because the NFL is paid millions by the Dept Of Defense https://t.co/5t2KyI6lrN pic.twitter.com/97CUMrSjMg
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 23, 2018
Reading some corners of conservative Twitter about the NFL rules decision today, it's hard not to picture them as smug assholes with a real race issue.
Don't know if that's the look that they're going for, but that's the look they're giving off.
— Steve Singiser (@stevesingiser) May 23, 2018
And this is what people are taking offense to: They believe the country HAS lived up to its ideals and they are offended that someone else says otherwise. It's not about a misconception that someone is against the anthem.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) May 23, 2018