Given the GOP is quick to accuse Democrats of lacking patriotism for the United States, you’d hope that their party’s key figures would know the difference between the national anthem and pledge of allegiance.
But Florida senator Rick Scott managed to do just that while speaking at the Faith &Freedom Coalition conference over the weekend.
“We’re living in a nation where these woke, rich football players are kneeling for the Pledge of Allegiance,” he said.
Just one problem - the kneeling happens during the national anthem - because the pledge is not recited at NFL games.
He seemingly didn’t realize the error of his words as he continued to amp up the crowd, telling them that “part of our day we’re going to fight against this woke mob and these radical Democrats who are trying to absolutely destroy this country and the values that we grew up with.”
But naturally, Twitter wouldn’t let Scott get away with the mix-up as they pointed out that Florida’s ex-governor doesn’t know the difference between a spoken recitation and a song.
Fun Fact: No football player has taken a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, because they don’t recite that at f… https://t.co/C6lFkdupgE— Derek Litvak (@Derek Litvak) 1624202758
@thehill Nobody has to stand or even recite the pledge. That's how the United States works.— ☠FLOKI☠ (@☠FLOKI☠) 1624200224
@thehill I don’t think Rick Scott truly appreciates or understands how incredibly difficult it is to make it to the… https://t.co/cDuoyJgUyS— Charli Huxley (@Charli Huxley) 1624137019
@thehill .@SenRickScott: 1. Do you know the difference between the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance? 2. Do… https://t.co/8OmIoXkoSF— Pʜɪʟᴏᴍᴀᴛʜ⁷⁰⁷ 🐕🌊📚 (@Pʜɪʟᴏᴍᴀᴛʜ⁷⁰⁷ 🐕🌊📚) 1624137062
We’re also living in a nation where patriot-cosplaying rich doofuses don’t know the difference between the Pledge o… https://t.co/7b0FLI1Ykb— Rex Huppke (@Rex Huppke) 1624205974
Others thought it showed a lack of interest in the essence of democracy and freedom.
@thehill This guy let A SITTING PRESIDENT WALK ON TREASON — A LITERAL ATTACK ON THE NATION’S CAPITOL TO OVERTHROW T… https://t.co/IH12ZDYgwI— Luke Zaleski (@Luke Zaleski) 1624139510
@thehill As opposed to carrying the flag while ransacking their own nation's Capitol https://t.co/lJ0a1G4Lan— Stylus S. (@Stylus S.) 1624190689
@thehill We’re living in a nation where an insurrection took place on Jan 6th and you still don’t have the guts to do anything about it.— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨) 1624284473
Check out other reactions below.
@thehill I’ve covered 415 NFL games. The next one at which the Pledge of Allegiance is recited before kickoff will be the first.— Andrew Mason (@Andrew Mason) 1624235345
@thehill Hey @SenRickScott - when it’s actually TRUTH IN PRACTICE that liberty & justice are really for ALL, then m… https://t.co/1B371XazHK— cherie baker vann (@cherie baker vann) 1624211840
Why is @SenRickScott so intent on people remaining ignorant to facts and enslaved to Whites and the system? He need… https://t.co/Lg1qgW2z7O— Lacy L Rice Jr (Matshelo) (@Lacy L Rice Jr (Matshelo)) 1624288764
This is ESPECIALLY toxic because many African American Football Players *ARE* in fact Rich *DESPITE* growing up in… https://t.co/co02Gmvuj5— Mark Judson For Congress - Scorched Earth Dem 2022 (@Mark Judson For Congress - Scorched Earth Dem 2022) 1624238629
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