President Trump thanked two teenagers who were suspended from their high school football team for showing support for police officers on Sept. 11.
“Jared and Brady, thank you for supporting the heroes and our law enforcement. We all love you. I’m telling you, you really set something up that’s incredible, and thank your parents for letting you do it,” Trump said while speaking to a crowd in Swanton, Ohio, after both high schoolers joined Trump on stage.
Jared Bentley and Brady Williams were suspended from their football team after they carried “Thin Blue Line” and “Thin Red Line” flags on the football field on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. They were allowed back on the team after an investigation by the school found their motivations were not political.
Earlier in the rally, Trump promised to “stand with the men and women of law enforcement.”
“We have to give them back their dignity. We have to let them do their job. That’s very simple. They’re great.”
The suspensions earlier this month led to outrage from conservative political figures
“These boys suspended for honoring our brave police and firefighters on 9/11. Someone raised them right. We need more standing up for what’s right & noble in our country. Shame on school officials,” former Sen. Jim DeMint tweeted.
Sen. Ted Cruz called the suspensions “absolutely unreal.”
In an interview with Fox & Friends, Williams and Bently said they had no regrets about carrying the flags, and would do it again.
“We wanted to carry out flags to honor the first responders who went towards danger instead of running from it 19 years ago, and we were told no,” Williams explained.
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