Donald Trump is going to deeply regret his attacks on NFL players – especially the one where he used a photo of a wounded veteran to criticize them for kneeling during the National Anthem.
Amongst his many attacks on the professional athletes, Trump retweeted a photo of retired Marine Staff Sgt. John Jones, a vet who had lost both of his legs in Iraq. The caption of the photo, which was widely circulated on social media, said:
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“I wonder what this BRAVE American would give to stand on his OWN two legs just ONCE MORE for our #Anthem? #MAGA #NFL”.
Unfortunately for Trump, Jones has just spoken out against Trump’s disgusting attacks, and what he said will make Trump wish he could take it all back. According to Buzzfeed, Jones wants nothing to do with Trump and is pissed his photo was used to attack the players. Buzzfeed reported:
Jones says he is sick of military veterans being used as props “to push a political agenda” in the renewed controversy over whether athletes’ protests, which they say draw attention to racial discrimination and police brutality, disrespect the military. If you really want to honor the troops, listen to them, he says.
Jones also ripped Trump for only pretending to care about vets and not actually doing anything to really support them. He stated he would like Trump to do some real work instead of tweet:
“Just stop with this sycophantic bullshit and actually do something to support us,” said Jones, who works for Workshops for Warriors, a San Diego nonprofit that has trained more than 400 veterans for skilled manufacturing jobs. “I would want Trump to tweet about that, instead of fueling the fire with the people making 10 million to score a freaking touchdown. And for people (seeing the photo) to say, ‘Look, he’s still standing for this country, and getting veterans good jobs.’”
And much to Trump’s disgust, Jones expressed support for the players:
“I’ve got my own views about this, but that’s why I put the uniform on, so people can do whatever they want in a lawful, peaceful manner. I’m sorry, but if you want to know what the real issues are – go to Iraq, or Syria, or Afghanistan, go to places that don’t have the freedoms that we have and see how far you get.”
Jones is a hero, and his words are much needed at a time when Trump is out to divide America and punish those who are fighting for an end to injustice.
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