Eric Greitens, the GOP candidate for Missouri governor, is objecting to a Missouri state senator’s decision to sit in protest Wednesday during the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, stood for the prayer, but sat down when her fellow senators began saying the pledge.
Nasheed said she wanted to act in solidarity with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who has refused to stand during the singing of the national anthem before games.
Greitens, a former member of the military, had issues with Nasheed’s decision, although he didn’t mention her by name in a statement.
"I'm proud to pledge allegiance to our flag. I served with brave men and women who not only pledged allegiance to the flag, but gave their lives for it. We live in the greatest country on earth because we have men and women willing to give their lives so Americans, even politicians, can exercise their constitutional rights no matter how much I disagree with them.
“Any politician who gets elected by the American people to serve them and gets paid by them to do their work should stand up and give our flag, our country, and our people the respect they deserve.”