Michael Phelps is a legendary swimmer and one of the greatest athletes America has ever known. His teammates voted for him to be the flag bearer in the opening ceremony for the Olympics in Rio. It’s a huge honor. As the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, Phelps seemed to many like an obvious choice to carry Old Glory.
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But the media and liberals want him to cede that honor to the person who came in second… Ibtihaj Muhammad, an African American Muslim woman famous for wearing her hijab during her fencing matches and someone who politically hates Donald Trump. I certainly hope he told them in no uncertain terms to stuff it.
From Western Journalism:
Despite being the pick of his fellow teammates, some are calling on Phelps to give up the honor and instead allow the runner-up to carry the flag.
Ibtihaj Muhammad, an African American Muslim woman famous for wearing her hijab during her fencing matches, came in a close second behind Phelps as the choice for flag bearer. Muhammad has also been outspoken against Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. “When you incite hateful speech and rhetoric like that, the people who say it never think about the repercussions and how that affects Muslims,” she told Time.
Multiple news outlets have run pieces from those calling on Phelps to withdraw from the position.
W. Kamau Bell, in op-ed for CNN addressed to Phelps, argued Muhammad, as a Muslim, would be a better choice than Phelps, a “tall, successful, rich white guy.”
What’s this crap about Phelps being a “tall, successful, rich white guy?” Why does that make any difference at all? He’s the best athlete and that is all that counts here. Just because you are black, a woman and a Muslim doesn’t mean you should get the honor. I find that offensive in the extreme.
That Bell idiot had more to spew:
“Muhammad carrying the flag would be much bigger than your one moment,” Bell writes. “It would be a symbol for our country in this moment when we are mostly known for one of the most contentious, controversial, scandal-ridden, hateful, xenophobic, jingoistic, and just generally unlikeable presidential elections in recent memory. This is at a time when we could use some more symbols of unity and togetherness.”
“Your stepping back will allow this moment to become something bigger than just another opening ceremony. No offense, but right now America has enough tall, successful, rich white guys hogging the spotlight trying to make America great … again,” he added.
Bell concluded that Phelps could win more medals, but this decision was far more important: “Again, thank you again for stepping aside for Ibtihaj Muhammad. During these Olympics, you can win more medals to add to your all-time winning number of medals. But no medal will compare to making room for this.”
Gee, why don’t we just all prostrate ourselves before Allah while you’re at it? What a freaking moron.
Despite the cries from those outside the Olympics for Phelps to give up the position, his fellow teammates stand by their choice. “It feels so right,” Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin said, “to have the most decorated Olympian of all time being our flag bearer and leading us. And outside of the pool someone who has overcome so much internally and externally and shared that with everyone.” I agree… Phelps should be the one – race, gender and religion should be irrelevant. I’m glad he got it. The liberals need to zip it and go away now.