A woman’s Instagram post saying the national anthem is “not the national police song” has gone viral. Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, posted a picture of the American flag Wednesday on Instagram, calling the anthem “an exercise in how this country can endure and rise, how we can agree on its future potential, even while struggling with its present.”
“Well, you can’t have that opinion anymore,” Pat said on radio Thursday.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started sitting during the national anthem last year, calling it a protest against racial injustice in America. Since then, other pro football players have also elected to sit or kneel during the national anthem.
Stafford offered a kind criticism of the choice to sit or kneel and asked for unity and open-mindedness in her post, writing, “Let’s stand united against terrorists, against racism, against white supremacists, against killing of cops, against police brutality, against sex slave trafficking.. against anything that is not the ideal for this country. Let’s unite in the fact that God made us all unique and different and that is something we should cherish.”
The post has since drawn a backlash. On Thursday’s show, Glenn and Pat pointed out that social media is almost always destructive for this kind of attempt at discussion.
Glenn called Twitter a drug of sorts since people experience a dopamine rush when they get social media reactions.
“It’s the crack that makes you think you can fly,” Glenn said. “You’re taking a hit off of a drug.”