President Trump kicked off the Daytona 500 NASCAR race in Florida on Sunday, serving as grand marshal of the event and taking a lap around the racetrack in a new state-of-the-art presidential limousine before the start of the race.
Drivers could be heard discussing the president’s motorcade, being a witness to an exciting spectacle in which the formation of vehicles was on display for potentially millions of Americans on a world-famous racetrack.
— Big League Politics (@bigleaguepol) February 16, 2020
The limousine is the newest iteration of the official presidential vehicle. Nicknamed “the Beast,” it’s equipped with state-of-the-art security features to protect the president from any bodily harm. Certainly admirers of beautiful cars would be intrigued to get a first-hand look at the unprecedented American engineering involved in its creation.
It’s traditional for the race’s grand marshal to officially kick off the race with the command for the drivers to start their engines.
“Daytona International speedway, we love our country… Gentlemen, start your engines!”
“Gentlemen, start your engines!” pic.twitter.com/b2xXSVqGMr
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 16, 2020
The President even expressed his wish to participate as a driver in the great American sporting tradition.
Get him the #45 car! pic.twitter.com/ld4DLJOz7N
— Big League Politics (@bigleaguepol) February 16, 2020
At least one liberal journo has taken to opportunity to trash the Daytona 500 on the event of the President’s participation, revealing their contempt for the blue-collar Americans who largely form the fanbase of NASCAR.
You thought an event couldn’t get any trashier and then… https://t.co/snYD3MDNCo
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) February 15, 2020
President Trump has always been a fan of sporting events that coastal elites have sneered at, appearing at WWE events years before his political career.
The event all together appears to be a great American display of patriotism and national pride.
Not going to lie, I had no idea what to expect. The man walked in shook all our hands, took selfies, and whatever we asked of him. I judge people on how they treat me and others I’m with, and that’s why I really appreciated meeting @POTUS. thanks for coming to #DAYTONA500 pic.twitter.com/Ih0DVaTLAr
— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) February 16, 2020
Ohio High School Football Players Reinstated After Suspension For Entering Field With Thin Blue Line, American Flags
Why were they even suspended?
Two Little Miami, Ohio high school football players who were suspended from their team for entering a game while carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line(commemorating firefighters) flags have been freed from suspension, after community members expressed outrage at the punishment of the two young men.
Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams had been given an indefinite suspension from the Little Miami High School football team for carrying the two flags onto the field before a game, apparently violating a rule against political symbols. The two seniors reject the notion that they were making a political statement, and one of the boys had spoken of his intention to honor first responders, such as his own father, on the anniversary of 9/11.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
After concerned parents and community members organized a protest event to stand with Williams and Bentley, the Little Miami School Board reversed its decision, freeing the senior players from suspension.
The President of the school board seemed keen to establish that the institution “supports police,” perhaps feeling the pressure from angry parents displeased to see the patriotic young men kicked from the football team for an innocuous display of patriotism.
UPDATE: High school players REINSTATED after suspension for honoring 9/11 first responders ==>https://t.co/i7hbJ7VLgr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 15, 2020
They still might face some consequences, and reportedly team officials had commanded the players not to enter the field with the flags. Their punishment will be settled within the athletic department’s code of conduct.
College and high school sports teams put on elaborate displays in support of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement all the time. Pro-police and firefighter flags are not a political statement by a long shot. This suspension never should’ve been issued in the first place.
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