Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Val DiGiorgio entered the discussion of NFL player protesting during the national anthem by responding to Democratic Supreme Court candidate Judge Dwayne Woodruff’s comments on the issue.
“Pennsylvania has more veterans than any state in the nation. Our citizens respect and honor our flag and those who have died fighting for its ideals. It’s terribly disappointing to see that Judge Woodruff, who would like to be a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, has thrown in with those who disrespect our flag,” DiGiorgio said in a statement.
Woodruff has responded to Trump’s comments saying they “only serve to push our country to become more divided and ultimately penalizes our first amendment rights under the Constitution.”
“Our Commonwealth deserves Supreme Court Justices committed to protecting our Constitution and the principles upon which our nation was founded. Pennsylvanians are outraged by privileged millionaires who take a knee while our national anthem is playing. Clearly, Judge Woodruff does not share our values,” DiGiorgio said.
DiGiorgio’s comments follow a weekend of protests by NFL players during the national anthem, including the Steelers, Woodruff’s former team, not going onto the field until after the national anthem.