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SKIP KILPATRICK
09-28-2017, 03:47 PM
From his hat I'd feel safe betting this man served his country.

https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/posts/2017/09/RTS1E5BK/47340f515.jpg


A man holding an American flag kneels as the President's motorcade passes.


(CNN)As President Donald Trump's motorcade drove to Indianapolis International Airport, this is the sight that greeted it: A man taking a knee on the sidewalk. In his hand, a folded American flag.
The photo was shot Wednesday by a photographer accompanying the President as he left Indianapolis after delivering a speech on tax cuts at the state fairgrounds.
The photo offers no other detail about the man, or whether he's a veteran.











After Trump criticized football players who kneel during the National Anthem to protest police brutality, there have been numerous instances of veterans, athletes and others taking a knee in solidarity. There has also been a backlash over the protests (http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/25/us/anthem-protests-burning-nfl-jerseys-trnd/index.html).

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Trump and his aides have argued the protests are unpatriotic and disrespectful to the flag and those who have fought to protect the US.

Nicholas Scheuer
09-28-2017, 03:54 PM
Giving the motorcade the single-finger salute is "protected speech" also.

Gib Etheridge
09-28-2017, 04:17 PM
Could be the flag that draped his kids US armed forces casket.

CWSmith
09-28-2017, 06:13 PM
Giving the motorcade the single-finger salute is "protected speech" also.

:) Subtle. I had not noticed that part of the statement.

Chris Smith porter maine
09-28-2017, 06:16 PM
The pinky is out there as well, I see nothing but respect.

paulf
09-28-2017, 06:19 PM
:) Subtle. I had not noticed that part of the statement.

That's the 3rd finger of his left hand...no insulting statement I see. Just a respectful statement.

CWSmith
09-28-2017, 06:22 PM
My screen is not very sharp, but I see it now. It was respectful and the intent is clear. Classy guy.

Paul Pless
09-28-2017, 06:26 PM
https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/posts/2017/09/RTS1E5BK/47340f515.jpg

Marvin L. Boatright - U.S. Army 1st Calvary

“As a veteran, and as an African-American, we have already and we continue to serve for God and country,” Boatright said. “But you can have a love of God and country and still be against social injustice. You don’t have to separate one from the other.”

“For the commander in chief to call our citizens ‘sons of a bitches’ was totally wrong and beneath the dignity of the office that he holds,” he said about Trump’s repeated attacks against NFL players (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-nfl-protest-attack_us_59ca9980e4b0964242bbb190) who kneel or sit during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism.

As Boatright took a knee, he wore an American Legion cap and cradled a folded flag ― a tribute to all veterans, including his father, who served in World War II and died almost 20 years ago. Some onlookers cheered him on, he added.