President Trump used a line in his 2018 State Of The Union Address to make a point about American pride. He also took a shot at the national anthem protesters that plagued the NFL this year.
You can watch the moment above.
Here is the excerpt:
“Here tonight is Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day. He decided to change that, and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes. Preston — a job well done.”
“Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans. And I met Preston a little while ago, and he is something very special, that I can tell you. Great future. Thank you very much for all you’ve done, Preston. Thank you very much.”
“Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem,” Trump said.
“Americans love their country, and they deserve a Government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.”
It was a powerful moment. Yet, Democrats were not happy. They did not applaud or stand after this line.
Last year President Trump made a point of picking a fight with NFL anthem protesters, sparking a debate on free speech, patriotism, and showing respect for the United States military.