South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued a statewide proclamation designating Sunday as “Stand for the Flag Super Bowl Sunday.”
The governor’s proclamation encourages all South Carolinians to stand for the playing of the national anthem before the Super Bowl LII matchup between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
In a campaign email to his supporters, McMaster was more pointed in his attack against NFL players.
“This football season we’ve seen NFL players disrespect our veterans by taking a knee to our nation’s flag and anthem,” McMaster wrote. “In South Carolina, we respect our veterans and our men and women in the armed forces.”
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It didn’t take people on social media long to react to McMaster’s proclamation. And the overwhelming response on Twitter disagreed with McMaster.
It wasn’t universal condemnation, and there were those who approved of the request. A second tweet on the issue after President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union Address garnered more support.
But the vast majority of those who responded to McMaster’s initial post of the proclamation on Twitter disagreed.
Some people refuted McMaster, others criticized him and several suggested there are more important issues for the governor to focus his energies on. Many people claiming to be veterans took issue with McMaster’s proclamation and the #TakeAKnee was a common thread.
Here’s a look at some of the responses: