Trump tweets about soldier Pat Tillman dying for flag — but he was killed by friendly fire
President Donald Trump on Monday suggested that NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem were disrespecting a soldier who was killed by friendly fire.
After spending the weekend attacking NFL players’ right to protest the racist history of the national anthem, Trump appeared to still be upset about the subject on Monday.
But one retweet about Pat Tillman was exceptionally thoughtless.
— Ⓙay (@jayMAGA45) September 24, 2017
In fact, football player-turned-soldier Pat Tillman was killed in action, but President George W. Bush’s administration initially lied about the incident, blaming the Taliban. An investigation later found that U.S. soldiers had mistaken Tillman for the enemy.