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OPINION: Renacci was right to pull his NFL ads

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U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, who is running for governor of Ohio, raised eyebrows when he pulled his campaign ad from state football game broadcasts.

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, who is running for governor of Ohio, raised eyebrows when he pulled his campaign ad from state football game broadcasts. Opinion writer Dawson Mecum thinks that was the right call.

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci recently pulled a $20,000 campaign ad during the broadcast of the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns NFL football game amid anthem protests, according to The Washington Post.

Renacci acknowledged players’ First Amendment right to the protest, but called the behavior appalling and disparaging to the U.S. flag and the national anthem. He says the ad will be rescheduled for a non-NFL event.

Renacci announced that he would be running for governor in March of this year after proclaiming his newfound hope for Washington, D.C. under President Donald Trump. Renacci stated that he wanted to use his three decades of business experience and his outsider personality, as he is the only GOP candidate who has spent his career in the business world and not strictly politics.

The question is, was Renacci right for taking down his ad because of anthem protests? Of course he was. While running for any political office, it is important to represent yourself clearly and make sure your constituents know what you stand for. Renacci believes these anthem protests unpatriotic. That is his opinion, and these protests go against his stated values.

With Renacci’s relation to Trump’s anti-establishment platform and the many pro-Trump organizations that have supported him such as Citizens for Trump and Bikers for Trump, it is only natural that Renacci appeal to his base of supporters which are closely related to those who support Trump.

The whole anthem protest ordeal started when former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, started to sit and then kneel during the national anthem in response to “racial injustice” caused by police brutality. However, no one is unified on what the protests mean, creating a big problem with the demonstrations. Kaepernick knelt for racial injustices. Others have used it as a platform to protest Trump and his inflammatory statements against NFL players who partake in the protests.

The anthem protests evolved after Trump called these players out for kneeling during the national anthem, labelling it as disrespectful to everyone who has and is serving to keep this country free. He continued to call these players “sons of bitches.” The NFL and its players did not take kindly to that, with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell releasing a statement.

Nearly 200 players so far have knelt during the anthem to take a stab at Trump, according to CBS Sports. These players are not protesting the anthem, nor are they protesting the men and women who died for our country. They are protesting a multitude of different issues, none of which deal with the flag or military.

Renacci, according to his website, beat his opponents in the first conservative coalition 2018 gubernatorial primary poll. He beat out Jon Husted, Mike DeWine and Mary Taylor by far, who received 24 percent, 15 percent and 0 percent of the vote, respectively. With this substantial lead against his competitors, he needs to be careful with what he is associated with.

 

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