Donald Trump kicked off a speech to a major veterans Thursday by firing back against those like San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who protest the American flag.
“We will stop apologizing for America, and we will start celebrating America,” he told the American Legion’s national gathering in Cincinnati Thursday morning.
“We will be united by our common culture, values and principles, becoming one American nation.
“One country, under one constitution, saluting one American flag — and always saluting it. The flag all of you helped to protect and preserve. That flag deserves respect, and I will work with American Legion to help to strengthen respect for our flag. You see what’s happening. It’s very, very sad,” he continued. “And, by the way, we want young Americans to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.”
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The Republican presidential nominee kept up his “American, love it or leave it” rhetoric, promising to keep out refugees and “change our immigration screening procedures to help keep terrorists and extremists out of our country” before ad-libbing a line demonizing refugees.