NASCAR Owners Threaten To Fire Drivers, Crew Members Who Protest National Anthem
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Says NASCAR Drives Should Have Right To Protest (TWEET)
While NASCAR’s sentiment has been quite critical of those athletes choosing to kneel during the National Anthem, Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke from the sport’s consensus. On Monday, the 42-year-old driver said that Americans have the right to “peaceful protests,” a statement that could alienate much of the sport’s conservative fan base.
He wrote in a tweet:
All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 25, 2017
Meanwhile, Donald Trump held NASCAR supporters up as a paradigm of respectful behavior, firing off this tweet Monday morning:
So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
Similarly, racing legend Richard Petty offered his criticism of protestors, stating, “Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ‘em where they’re at? The United States.”
It seems that racing’s culture is far more divided on the issue than that of other sports. Time will tell if Dale Jr.’s stance will cost him in the long run.