97-Year-Old WWII Vet Takes A Knee With NFL Players In Solidarity

Mustafa Gatollari - Author

Nov. 8 2018, Updated 11:38 a.m. ET

Donald Trump seems to be taking a very tough approach to NFL players who are taking a knee while the national anthem plays in protest of police brutality.

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He called for the firing and suspension of players who are "disrespecting" America with their actions. Something that even Tom Brady disagreed with when he called Trump's comments "divisive." Brady ultimately backed his fellow NFL players who took a knee in protest during the anthem. 

Nascar legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. also went on Twitter to quote JFK about the importance of peaceful protests in the United States:

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Trump's known for constantly tweeting about patriotism on Twitter, however, when given the chance to serve in the Vietnam war, he did not.

Which is probably why this tweet by Brennan Gilmore is getting such a huge reaction.

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It's a photo of his grandfather, John Middlemas who served in World War II. In the photo, Middlemas is taking a knee in solidarity with NFL players to protest police brutality the Springfield News-Leader reported.

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Middlemas says that his decision to "take a knee" comes from his commitment "to be like Jesus" and his service alongside Black soldiers on a submarine during World War II.

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As it turns out, there are tons of people who risked their lives to protect America who stand in solidarity with the NFL players who joined Kaepernick's protest.

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Gilmore's tweeted exploded on Twitter, to the point where people are calling him "everybody's" grandpa.


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