PBS Newshour’s White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor criticized Madison Cawthorn, a paraplegic congressional candidate, for standing up out of his wheelchair at the conclusion of his Republican National Convention speech last night.
One wonders if Alcindor would have had the same sentiments for the many disabled veterans who stood for the national anthem at the end of the evening as she did for Cawthorn.
“It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl—including black athletes who are currently sitting out games—protesting police brutality,” tweeted Alcindor.
As Trace Adkins sang the Star-Spangled Banner, disabled women veterans seated in the front row stood as best they were able.
The boycotts, or what could be more accurately called “walk-outs” or “strikes” began in the NBA— but now teams across US athletic leagues have joined the Black Lives Matter movement in solidarity, prompting a string of game cancellations.
MLB games between the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants were called off after NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks sat out Game Five of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic, prompting an end to the rest of the day’s matchups.
“You can kneel before God but stand for our flag,” Cawthorn urged Americans.
Although partially paralyzed due to a near-fatal car accident, the rising GOP star, who unexpectedly won the party’s runoff election in North Carolina, stood tall, clutching the walker before him.
“For which I stand. One nation. Under God. With liberty and justice for all,” Cawthorn proudly stated in reference to those unrattled patriots who still stand during the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem.