Thanks to Colin Kaepernick, the national anthem is now a scene for political protest.
Democrats embraced Kaepernick and political pundits expected someone to echo his protest at the Democrat Presidential debate.
And what this Democrat did during the national anthem will have you seeing red.
Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is at the bottom of the polls and struggling for attention.
Ryan has had trouble creating his “moment” during the debates, so many critics have accused him of trying to manufacture attention during the national anthem by refusing to place his hand over his heart while the Star Spangled Banner played before the second Democrat presidential debate.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Tim Ryan was the only Democratic candidate who did not put his hand over his heart during the national anthem at the second round of primary debates. The American flag was being presented by a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
Fellow candidate Marianne Williamson at first did not have her hand on her heart, but she eventually placed it there halfway through the anthem after glancing at the others.
According to the U.S. flag code, when the national anthem is played, “all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.”
Barack Obama, then a U.S. senator for Illinois, was criticized for the same thing in Iowa in 2007 when he was photographed with his hands clasped below his waist beside Democratic primary rivals Bill Richardson and Hillary Clinton, who had their right hands over their hearts.
Ryan did not take a knee as Kaepernick did.
But his protest during the national anthem was unmistakable.
However, it ended up backfiring.
CNN never asked Ryan about his national anthem protest so Ryan’s attempt to score political points by disrespecting the flag was all for naught.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.