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Welcoming a NASCAR team to the White House lawn, President Donald Trump brought up a raging controversy that has plagued almost every single national sports league – except NASCAR.
Joining Trump on the lawn was the Furniture Row Racing Team and leading driver, Martin Truex Jr. along with his longtime partner, Sherry Pollex. They were invited to the White House to honor Truex for his 2017 championship.
Trump has long been friendly with NASCAR CEO Brian France – and touted their friendship early on before diving into the controversy…and taking a dig at the NFL.
The President then continued on, pointing out the vast differences in culture among athletes recently. He not-so-subtly compared the drivers of NASCAR to the many NFL players who have been known to kneel during our national anthem.
Bringing up the “anthem controversy” was something he was advised against, but chose to do anyway.
Trump previously had called for NHL players who kneeled during the national anthem to be fired or punished by the league. The players often said their kneeling was in protest of social justice issues.
“At every NASCAR race, you will see thousands of patriotic Americans, from the grandstands to the pit stalls, proudly waving our flag, and roaring with joy at the words ‘start your engines,’ Trump said.
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