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Mattis Was Asked About the National Anthem Protest — His Next 4 Words Define American Patriotism

Politics has quickly made its way into sports as former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the charge by kneeling during the national anthem last year in protest, but it reached a new level Sunday. President Donald Trump’s aggressive comments toward those who choose to protest the anthem led hundreds of NFL players to protest in a way we’ve never seen before.

Owners and coaches joined the players by linking arms, sitting or kneeling, and some teams even stayed in the locker room during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Trump has tweeted repeatedly about the subject, backing up his previous statements by saying that:




Many have weighed in on the topic, but there is one man that stands out.

Right before boarding a plane to India on Sunday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who has served in the Marines for over 40 years and has gone on three tours of combat, greeted members of the media and held a question and answer session.

One reporter asked:

“Anything to say about the NFL, being someone who has served in the military?”

Mattis looked the reporter dead in the eye and responded:

“I’m the secretary of defense. We defend the country.”

Mattis then ended the media briefing and walked away.

Just like that, Mattis ended the debate, showing just how much he cared about their silly national anthem protests. Perhaps he’s too busy saving the entire country in honor of the flag as North Korea threatens to wage war against America with nuclear weapons.

Source: Conservative Daily