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.
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.
No-one in the TRump administration understands what respect is. ...or competence, or honesty, or any number of serious values.— northierthanthou.com (@Brimshack) September 25, 2017
Where is respect when some military families need food stamps, or when a spouse is deported while other spouse is deployed?— Karen Leidy 💜 (@keladyleidy) September 24, 2017
How respectful were we when we elected a draft dodger as commander in chief?— Rich Gilberto (@richgilberto) September 24, 2017
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.
How about the respect for the American taxpayer. He's galavanting around in government jets. He and Tom Price.— LMAO (@doodlebug0) September 24, 2017
Not to mention asking to fly on their planes for free— Peter Delevett (@peterdelevett) September 25, 2017
While on a chartered jet paid for by taxpayers, respect was nowhere in sight.— Rhonda Harbison (@rhonda_harbison) September 24, 2017
Plus taking a knee at an NFL game isn’t about the military.— chris savage (@chris0s) September 25, 2017
I don't understand how a protest on how blacks suffer racism in America turned into anything about veterans or the military.— ALT_Reality (@ALT_MyName) September 25, 2017
It is not about respect for the military. It is about speaking out against racism in a peaceful way.— tpovio (@tpovio) September 24, 2017
It's the injustice, stupid.