Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas released a campaign ad Monday in response to his opponent’s claim that there is “nothing more American” than protesting the national anthem.
A constituent asked Senate hopeful and Democratic Rep. Robert O’Rourke of Texas earlier in August if he felt that NFL players kneeling for the national anthem was disrespectful to the country and America’s veterans. In a now viral interaction, O’Rourke disagreed and commended the demonstration.
“My short answer is: No, I don’t think it’s disrespectful,” O’Rourke said. “And I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up or take a knee for your rights, anytime, anywhere, anyplace.”
Cruz fired back on behalf of those veterans who lost the ability to stand themselves while fighting for the country. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Challenger’s New Hill To Die On: Impeaching Donald Trump)
“Whoever believed that we would have issues about whether you’re going to stand during the national anthem or not?” Marine Corps Sgt. Tim Lee asked during the ad.
Lee, a retired combat veteran, stepped on a landmine while fighting in Vietnam and consequently lost both of his legs.
“I gave two legs for this country,” Lee continued. “I’m not able to stand, but I sure expect you to stand for me when that national anthem is being played.”
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