(Breitbart) – Leftist documentary filmmaker Michael Moore jumped to Twitter to support the U.S. fencing team member who took a knee during the national anthem at the Pan Am Games last weekend.
Moore insisted that “we must all join” fencer Race Imboden who refused to stand for the Stars Spangled Banner after the U.S. men’s team won the gold in team fencing at the games in Lima, Peru, on Friday.
“Champion U.S. fencer took a knee on medals podium during national anthem,” Michael Moore tweeted, “as he called for social change in the US. We must all join him and others who risk criticism and punishment and take our own personal stands against this madness. R u ready?”
Champion U.S. fencer took a knee on medals podium during national anthem yesterday as he called for social change in the US. We must all join him and others who risk criticism and punishment and take our own personal stands against this madness. R u ready? https://t.co/FbKEAkkEzO
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) August 11, 2019
After he took a knee during the medal ceremony, Imboden took to Twitter to exclaim how ashamed he is of the United States.
“Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list,” Imboden said on Friday. “I chose to [sacrifice] my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.”
and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list.
I chose to sacrifie my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.
— Race Imboden (@Race_Imboden) August 10, 2019
Mark Jones, vice president of communications for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, issued a statement noting that Imboden violated the rules of the games with his protest against the United States.
“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature. In this case, Race didn’t adhere to the commitment he made to the organizing committee and the USOPC,” Jones said.
“We respect his rights to express his viewpoints, but we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment. Our leadership are reviewing what consequences may result,” Jones added.
Imboden’s teammates, Gerek Meinhardt, and Nick Itkin, both stood at attention during the national anthem.
One other U.S. athlete also protested in Peru this year. On Saturday, U.S. hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised a black power fist during the national anthem.
Gwen Berry "raised her fist as America’s national anthem was played to honor her win in the hammer throw. She called out injustice in America 'and a president who’s making it worse.'"
“It’s too important to not say something," she said.https://t.co/RKm0O3V4mC
— Hayley Miller (@hayleymiller01) August 11, 2019
“Somebody has to talk about the things that are too uncomfortable to talk about. Somebody has to stand for all of the injustices that are going on in America and a president who’s making it worse,” Berry told the media.