The NFL anthem debate has raged across our great country for weeks now and everybody has an opinion on the matter. The anthem protests really took a turn when Trump stood up in front of a camera and told owners of football franchises to fire whoever disrespects our flag and anthem. Many teams across the country doubled down, and as a result, the NFL saw a dramatic decrease in viewership and attendance.
Many former fans went on Facebook to record their thoughts on the protests across the league. Most recorded themselves burning their jerseys or whatever memorabilia they may have collected over the years, but there was one man who took it to a much bigger level. He is a farmer from North Dakota who expressed his opinion in his fields.
The farmer’s name is Gene Hanson and he is from Edgeley, North Dakota. He cut the message into a harvested field in retaliation for the NFL protests that are taking place. When speaking with Fox News he described why he disagrees with NFL protestors kneeling during the anthem.
“I didn’t think it was anything about black, white or brown, or Democrat. It was about honoring our flag and our country. There’s a lot of people that died for it.”
Minnesota CBS reported,
“In a Facebook post, Trump called Hanson a “great American…who is standing up for our flag, our anthem and our country! Hanson has previously made crop messages in support of Trump. Others read “Drain The Swamp,” “Vote Trump, Never Hillary,” and “GOP Get Your Act Together.” He also gained internet attention after making a tribute to Prince following the musician’s 2016 overdose death.
WDAY TV reports that Hanson’s most recent political message is about two football fields wide and took about two hours to create. The farmer told Fox and Friends that he creates the messages with his tractor and mows the letters by counting rows in the field. He then goes-up in his plane to take photos. He says an initial version of his anti-protest message contained a typo, so he had to start over.”
Gene is known for doing this on more than one occasion. In the past he has etched phrases such as “Drain the Swamp,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “GOP, get your act together” and “Vote Trump” into the field. While everyone has the right to express their opinions how they choose, nobody can deny this is certainly an interesting way to do it. One in which gives him widespread recognition while also getting his point across.
Fox News reported the following on the story adding that,
“Hanson told Fox News he got his “We Stand for the National Anthem” message right on the second try. During the first attempt, he was interrupted by a passerby with only two letters to go. He soon relocated to another section of the field. Hanson said he initially wanted to add an addendum — “We kneel at the cross” — but the plan was foiled by the first frost of the season. Hanson said, weather permitting, he plans to add that phrase soon.
Hanson and his wife, Darlene, are Lutherans and attend church regularly. He also describes himself as a Republican and Trump supporter, and he had the chance to get a picture of the president when Trump came to North Dakota for a tax reform speech in September. “I was 20 feet away from him,” Hanson said. “It was a good meeting and the president stayed on script.” Hanson said he believes Trump is trying to do well but faces a “continuous battle” in Washington, D.C. And Hanson said he’s doing all he can to send his support from his Edgeley farm.”
Gene is just another example that the majority stands with Trump. The NFL is facing a crisis and if they don’t act quickly they may never be the same. The players are out of line for their actions on the field. If they want to protest, they should do it off the clock. They failed to realize when anyone challenges Trump, they generally don’t come out on top. America is sick and tired of being preached to by entitled athletes and celebrities. It’s time to do the right thing and stand for the anthem.