San Francisco Giants manager fires back at Trump: 'Nothing more patriotic than peaceful protests'
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Kapler said he doesn’t see the demonstrations “as disrespect at all,” according to USA Today.

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“I see nothing more American than standing up for what you believe in. I see nothing more patriotic than peaceful protests when things are frustrating and upsetting,” Kapler said.

Trump has repeatedly knocked players who kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner," including on Twitter on Tuesday, the day after Kapler did so with players on his team as the MLB begins its coronavirus-abbreviated season. 

“Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!” Trump tweeted. 

Kapler said in response that "there’s nobody that should make us stop doing the right thing.”

“It doesn’t matter what leader says that they’re not going to be following a game. What matters the most is that we’re unwavering in trying to do what’s right … What guides our decision is standing up for people who need us to stand up for them,” he continued.

After joining several Giants players in kneeling on Monday, Kapler said that he “wanted them to know that I wasn't pleased with the way our country has handled police brutality, and I told them I wanted to amplify their voices and I wanted to amplify the voice of the Black community and marginalized communities, as well.” 

In recent weeks players in sports leagues around the world have taken a knee as part of a larger protest against racial injustice that was popularized by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the 2016 season.

The resurgence in kneeling protests comes amid continued demonstrations against racism and police treatment of people of color sparked by the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African Americans.