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Morning Briefing: It Was Never About the Goddamn Flag

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 26, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 26, 2017 |

Let’s get to it: As expected, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys’ cowardly decision to kneel before the anthem just pissed off everyone, but it did at least clear up one thing that was FUCKING OBVIOUS from the beginning: This is not about the flag. It was never about the flag (just like it was never about the emails).

The fans booed — and Trump celebrated them — at the Cowboys for kneeling which, in this context, had nothing to do with the American flag or the National Anthem and everything to do with solidarity and protesting racial inequities in the United States. Who would boo that? Oh that’s right! Racists!

Before we move off the subject, watch this. Shannon Sharpe is a clown show as a football analyst, but he is exactly right here, and the man can preach. This is stupendous.

For 90 percent of the owners, it’s not about solidarity or protesting racial inequities or police brutality against African Americans. It’s about cash. The owners’ decision to join the players was not principled; it was designed to quell a revolt.

— Luther Strange, the candidate backed by Donald Trump in Alabama, is going to get crushed in tonight’s primary election. Bannon went stumping for Strange’s opponent at a rally last night, and called out establishment Republicans: “Mitch McConnell and this permanent political class is the most corrupt and incompetent group of individuals in this country. They think you’re a pack of morons. They think you’re nothing but rubes. They have no interest at all in what you have to say, what you have to think or what you want to do.”

That is a lie. Strange has actually dropped in the polls since Trump endorsed him, but that’s not exactly an indictment of Trump in Alabama, because they know that Trump’s heart is with Roy Moore, the virulently bigoted anti-establishment candidate who pulls out guns at rallies.

He should be fun to have in the Senate.

— Again, the Cassidy Graham bill is all but dead, and one guy who is particularly happy about that is Jimmy Kimmel, who was instrumental in rallying support against it.

— Roger Stone just walked into the Capitol, where he will testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee today, specifically about how much contact — if any — he had with Julian Assange. The leaks out of that should be interesting this afternoon.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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