President Biden’s White House is backing Olympic athlete Gwen Berry’s right to turn her back on the American flag, saying pride and patriotism include pointing out when the United States hasn’t lived up to “our highest ideals.”
Berry, who qualified for the U.S. track and field by placing third over the weekend in the hammer throw Olympic trials in Oregon, turned her back on the American flag and covered her head with a t-shirt during the playing of the national anthem.
A very vocal BLM activist, Berry claimed she was set up by event organizers by being told the anthem would play before she arrived on the podium.
“The anthem doesn’t speak for me. It never has,” she said. “My purpose and my mission is bigger than sports.”
The soon-to-be Olympic hammer thrower vowed to continue to raise awareness of racism in America.
“I’m here to represent those … who died due to systemic racism. That’s the important part,” she insisted. “That’s why I’m going. That’s why I’m here today.”
Perhaps shockingly, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said President Biden would stand behind Berry’s right to protest the national anthem.
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked Psaki if Biden thinks Berry’s actions are “appropriate behavior for someone who hopes to represent Team USA.”
She replied that she hasn’t spoken directly to Biden about the incident, but assured the President is “incredibly proud to be an American and has great respect for the Anthem and all that it represents, especially for our men and women serving in uniform all around the world.”
Still, the White House backed Berry’s protest, with Psaki saying Biden believes peacefully protesting is part of being patriotic.
“[Biden] would also say, of course, that part of that pride in our country means recognizing there are moments where we are — as a country, haven’t lived up to our highest ideals, and it means respecting the right of people, granted to them in the Constitution, to peacefully protest,” replied Psaki.
Yes, every American has the right to protest peacefully, but to do so while representing the country that gave you an opportunity to compete in the Olympic games is absurd.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), unlike the Biden White House, is able to separate those two facts, and has called for Gwen Berry to be removed from the U.S. track and field team.
“We don’t need any more activist athletes,” Crenshaw said during an interview on Fox & Friends. “She should be removed from the team.”
“The entire point of the Olympic team is to represent the United States of America. That’s the entire point. OK so, you know, it’s one thing when these NBA players do it, OK fine, we’ll just stop watching. But now the Olympic team? And it’s multiple cases of this,” Crenshaw said.
“They should be removed,” he restated. “That should be the bare minimum requirement is that you believe in the country (you’re) representing.”
Berry responded as you might expect from a liberal ‘activist,’ retweeting a message that “Dan can kiss my ass.”
Aside from the White House defending an anti-American Olympic athlete, President Biden has made controversial comments about America himself in the past.
Just prior to the election, Biden posted a video message in which he says “America was an idea” that “we’ve never lived up to.”
“America was an idea, an idea,” he says in the clip. “‘We hold these truths to be self-evident.'”
“We’ve never lived up to it, but we’ve never walked away from it before, and I just think we have to be more honest,” Biden continued.
Funny that Olympic athlete Gwen Berry and Joe Biden conveniently forget the many things that make America great, some of which directly involve race and equality.
In a separate tweet responding to Crenshaw’s comments, Berry inadvertently revealed what her little protest was all about.
“At this point, y’all are obsessed with me,” she tweeted.
Which is exactly what she was hoping for.
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