Looks like President Trump has NASCAR’s back.
The morning after a couple of team owners said they’d fire anyone who protested during the national anthem, President Trump sent out this tweet:
So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – the said it loud and clear.
President Trump recently called out athletes kneeling for the national anthem, and he has been especially critical of players in the NFL and NBA.
Team owner Richard Childress made a very strong statement regarding what he would do if someone on his team decided to kneel for the anthem, and he didn’t mince words before Sunday’s race at New Hampshire.
“Get you a ride on a Greyhound bus when the national anthem is over,” Childress said. “Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”
Richard Petty said that anyone who doesn’t stand for the anthem should be kicked out of the country.
“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country,” he said in remarks reported by the Associated Press. “Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”
Austin Dillon, the driver of the No. 3 on Childress’ team, told USA Today that NASCAR is a very patriotic sport and he doubts anything will happen at a NASCAR event.
“I don’t know how it would go over with the fans – we’re a very patriotic sport,” Dillon said. “I think our sport does a good job of showing that every Saturday, Sunday of showing patriotism and what the flag means. Not only that, we have a lot of military out here each and every weekend.
“I’ve got SEAL guys that will personally text me and say, ‘Hey, thank you for not moving around (during the anthem). … It means a lot to them just to stand at attention.”
It doesn’t seem like any NASCAR driver or team member will protest and kneel for the anthem. Several NFL teams have decided to protest, but it likely won’t carry over into NASCAR.
(h/t NBC Sports)