As all eyes turn to today’s Super Bowl game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, Republicans – right on cue – have renewed their disinformation campaign by claiming that those who kneel during NFL games are doing so against the flag.
Of course, it’s a clear fact that those who kneel are protesting against police brutality – not our flag, our soldiers, or any other convenient scapegoat – but that hasn’t stopped the GOP from spreading their misleading propaganda.
Actor Jim Carrey took to Twitter today to push back against this mistaken notion, as well as give a call to action.
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I’ll have my hand on my heart during the anthem today, out of RESPECT for the IDEALS this GREAT NATION is supposed to stand for. Let’s all cheer for the Patriots at the FBI and DOJ! #ProtectRosenstein #ProtectMueller pic.twitter.com/us5V5UiiSg
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 4, 2018
Carrey’s voice is another important one calling for not only Mueller – who is currently in charge of investigating the Trump-Russia scandal – to be protected, but also Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who many people believe Trump will replace with someone else who would be willing to fire Mueller. Rosenstein, for his part, has already signaled that he will not.
While Trump and his Republican cohorts will undoubtedly try to paint a picture of what a “patriot” looks like today, remember that there is nothing more American than protest, standing up for what is right, and protecting the institutions that truly make this country great.