To a largely adoring crowd of farmers in Tennessee’s capital, Trump cast himself as the leader of a movement restoring the respect for the national anthem, the American flag and the forgotten man.
He revived his criticism of athletes who do not stand during the national anthem, which did not appear to be an issue at the game as the players were still in the locker room.
“We want our flag respected,” Trump told the annual gathering of the Farm Bureau in Nashville, before heading to Atlanta for the college football championship game. “We want our national anthem respected also.”
“There’s plenty of space for people to express their views and to protest, but we love our flag and we love our anthem and we want to keep it that way,” Trump said.
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