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Steve Mnuchin Says Athletes Are Disrespecting The Military—But This Man Has The Receipts

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is defending Donald Trump's recent criticism of the NFL. Apparently, Mnuchin thinks he knows why Trump objects to the #TakeAKnee movement that Colin Kaepernick began last year to protest racial inequity.

On Sunday, Mnuchin appeared on ABC's This Week and said:

I think what the president is saying is that the owners should have a rule that players should have to stand in respect for the national anthem. This isn't about Democrats, it's not about Republicans, it's not about race, it's not about free speech. They can do free speech on their own time. That this is about respect for the military and first responders in the country.

But before Mnuchin was sworn in as Treasury Secretary, he was the CEO of OneWest, a bank accused of foreclosing on 60,000 homes, including 54 belonging to active-duty military families. The foreclosures violated the the Service Members Civil Relief Act. So much for respecting the military.

Robby Slowik, a writer for Jon Stewart, pointed out this hypocrisy on Twitter:


Twitter users pounced on Mnuchin's phony "respect" for the military:

Actor Anthony LaPaglia and others also noted that Mnuchin has come under fire for his use of government planes for travel at great expense to taxpayers.

Mnuchin respects the military so much he uses their jets for personal travel:

People pointed out — again — that the protests against racism have nothing to do with the military:

It's the injustice, stupid.

H/T: Politico, Think Progress