Trump says he's 'proud' of NASCAR 'supporters and fans'

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Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty added that "anybody that don't stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country".

"Anybody that does not stand up for our national anthem ought to be out of the country".

"If they don't appreciate where they're at... what got them where they're at?"

"It'll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus", Childress said.

According to reports, every NASCAR crew member stood for the anthem prior to Sunday's ISM Connect 300 in New Hampshire.

After almost universal push-back against President Donald Trump's criticism of NFL players who protest during the national anthem, one sport is siding with commander in chief - NASCAR.

Former NASCAR champion Richard Petty, who owns Richard Petty Motorsports, told the Associated Press that he'd fire any member of his team who chose to do so. So many people have gave their lives for it. Trump reignited the controversy on Friday when he said that anyone taking part in the demonstration should be fired.

Several team owners and executives had said they wouldn't want anyone in their organizations to protest. "This is America", Childress said. "He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country".

The debate comes as scores of NFL players sat, knelt or raised their fists around the league Sunday when the anthem played.

Even though other sports are allowing their players to protest the national anthem, NASCAR owners are making it very clear that they have no interest in such actions. It was also the first time National Football League owner took part in the protests, as Jaguars Owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players as they stood on the sidelines.

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