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This 4th of July, the Americans are fighting over what "American" should mean



In that speech, Lincoln promised to cure the wounds of civil war "with evil toward no one, with charity for all", a political approach Trump has not embraced.

For Trump's speech there will be American flags everywhere. Count on it. It's not like he will sit up and hug one, something he has done before.
Most Americans (70%) said they were very or very proud to be Americans in an annual Gallup poll released this week. It sounds good, except that the 45% who said they were very proud is the lowest since Gallup began asking the question on the fourth of July – in 2001, as it does.

It turns out that there is almost nothing more divisive towards a national identity than building a presidency around nationalism.

Trump fears to set his definition against others. Therefore, he battled his battle with kneeling NFL players for so long. And so so many are frustrated that he will be holding a rally at the National Mall ̵

1; a "Salute to America" ​​- the fourth of July.

He pays tribute to his own version of America, and he is not very charitable to others, which can be an offensive at a time when people are basically streamed to the United States as refugees from Central America. It can be offensive when there is an undercurrent of racism in his acceptance of white nationalist protesters or his defense of Confederate statues.

But this week, Republicans like Senate leader Mitch McConnell and President's son Donald Trump Jr. were offended by reports that Nike had pulled a sneaker with an early version of the US flag because former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick said marketing a version of the flag from a historic period of legal slavery was offensive.

Betsy Ross's flag, with its 13-star circle for the original 13 colonies, is named after the possibly apocryphal story of the seamstress that did it.

The subsequent uprising was led by McConnell, who said on Tuesday that "if we are in a political environment where the American flag has become controversial to the Americans, I think we have a problem."

McConnell is interesting about this question. He is a great supporter of freedom of speech, be it in the form of campaign dollars or flag shooting. He is a leading voice against a constitutional change to ban flag burning.

In fact, back in 2006, the Senate failed with a vote to support an amendment banning flag burning. McConnell cast that voice. He was one of three Republicans to vote no. Of the others, Late late, Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island lost a re-election campaign and is no longer a Republican, and Bob Bennett from Utah lost a primary. He has since died.

McConnell can control what the Senate is voting for, so it is unlikely that he will allow a proposal introduced last month by other Republicans to vote again on an anti-flag-burning amendment to reach the Senate League itself if Trump is all in favor of it.

"All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an amendment to a strong BAN to burn our American flag. A no brainer!" Trump tweeted on June 15 the day after Flag Day.

Nike's decision, which a spokesman said was made to not offend people who celebrated Independence Day, asked Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to withdraw tax incentives the company was set to receive to open a plant. It is a twist on liberal efforts to pull business from moving states to limit abortion rights.

Then California's Gov. Gavin Newsom and New Mexico's government Michelle Lujan Grisham Nike, their states are open to business.

Trump Jr. sensed an opening to tie Nike to the motley Republican accusation that Democrats are pushing socialism with the proposals of nationalized health care and forgiveness of student debt. He tweeted an imaginary pair of Nikes emblazoned with the Soviet flag.

It should not be lost in all of this that while Kaepernick is employed as a Nike spokesman, he no longer becomes a football player – while no one is knot under the National Anthem before NFL games anymore.

Similarly, it was Megan Rapinoe who cracked before US Soccer games in solidarity with Kaepernick, who tried to make a point about racist and social justice. It ended after the United States Football Association voted almost unanimously to require players and employees to stand under anthem.

This week, Trump, a nationalist provider, joined a Twitter war with Rapinoe after the release of a video, saying she would not visit "White House" even though she had not expected Trump to invite. team if it won women's world championship final.

This feud simmer – Rapinoe scored two goals after he said she was going to finish the job and win the final before talking about white house invitations. She was then bent with a mild hamstring strain and watched as her teammates defeated England.

The team's general excellence – and not the series of Trump – has led their jersey to become the best-selling football top in history. People who are frustrated by not having access to Nike's Betsy Ross sneakers may consider buying a red, white and blue USWNT jersey, also made by Nike instead.

So HBD, America. Let's keep it together. Stop worrying about the Nike flag shoes will not sell and take a look at the soccer jersey it does.


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