The “pissed” American athlete who turned away from the flag throughout the nationwide anthem confronted on-line backlash Sunday — as she doubled down on her star spangled snub.
Gwen Berry on Saturday turned towards the group reasonably than the flag earlier than holding up a black shirt that learn, “Activist Athlete” — prompting one critic to say Individuals ought to return the favor.
“Let’s flip our backs on HER,” mentioned Kathy Tavoularis, a California Republican operative.
“For those who can’t respect the flag or anthem then you definately shouldn’t be allowed to finish,” posted Vic DeGrammont, a Republican congressional candidate in Florida, on Twitter.
Opinion author Josh Jordan mocked Berry for pondering the Olympic trials are about her.
“Sure, the US Olympics committee spent their time meticulously planning to guarantee that the nationwide anthem was performed on the actual second she was on the rostrum… as a result of everybody is aware of the Olympics is all about (checks tweet) Gwen Berry,” he mentioned sarcastically.
“What’s fallacious with individuals?” requested former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
“Rising up, everybody stood for the American flag,” he added. “Didn’t matter your politics, race, intercourse, revenue, faith; everybody stood for the flag. It was a type of civic rituals that introduced us collectively. It nonetheless ought to in the present day.”
Journalist David Steinberg urged a special athlete be despatched as a substitute of Berry.
“Ship the fourth-place finisher,” he tweeted. “Gwen Berry has a world of choices if she doesn’t need to compete underneath our flag. Not a penny of taxpayer cash ought to fund her marketing campaign to make Individuals hate one another.”
Berry, 31, wouldn’t again down and took photographs at her detractors.
“Cease taking part in with me,” she tweeted Sunday afternoon, with an accompanying image of her dealing with in a special course than the opposite athletes.
The web responses got here after Berry on Saturday claimed the anthem was performed throughout her ceremony to focus on her, since she was placed on probation for elevating her fist throughout the Pan-American Video games in Peru in August 2019.
“I really feel prefer it was a set-up, they usually did it on objective,” Berry mentioned of when the anthem performed. “I used to be pissed, to be trustworthy.”
“That they had sufficient alternatives to play the nationwide anthem earlier than we acquired up there,” Berry mentioned in Oregon, the place the Olympic trials are being hosted. “I used to be eager about what I ought to do. Finally I stayed there and I swayed, I put my shirt over my head. It was actual disrespectful.
“I didn’t actually need to be up there. Like I mentioned, it was a setup. I used to be sizzling, I used to be able to take my footage and get into some shade.”