Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) made headlines days after appearing at Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona when an online picture of her remaining seated during the so-called ‘black national anthem’ began circulating. Soon, the image was viral with reactions coming in from hundreds of supporters and critics.
Lake was a former Arizona News Anchor who became a national sensation after announcing her GOP run for governor on a strongly America First, Pro-Trump platform. She further garnered national attention with her ongoing legal challenges to the 2022 election, which she never conceded.
‘DO FOOTBALL, NOT WOKENESS’: BLACK NATIONAL ANTHEM SUNG AT SUPER BOWL BLASTED BY CRITICS, DEEMED DIVISIVE
Newsmax host Benny Johnson shared the image of Lake on Twitter with the caption, “The @NFL played two different “National Anthems” tonight. Someone just sent me a photo of [Kari Lake] sitting during the first one.”
The @NFL played two different “National Anthems” tonight. Someone just sent me a photo of @KariLake sitting during the first one. pic.twitter.com/HVdiu5xRBG
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) February 12, 2023
Lake was quick to reply to the host writing, “I’m just here for THE National Anthem,” with an American flag emoji.
I’m just here for THE National Anthem🇺🇸
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) February 13, 2023
Her reply garnered over 23,000 likes. Johnson’s initial tweet had over 84,200 as of this report.
The ‘black national anthem‘ known as “Lift Every Voice and Sing“ was created by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson in 1900 and was featured during the 2020 Super Bowl and played during the week one games that season. It was also played before games in the 2021 season, according to Fox News.
Opposition to the practice has been widespread and vocal with many calling the addition of a separate anthem, exclusively for black Americans, as “segregation” and “racist.”
In a statement to Fox on Monday, Lake explained her views in detail,
“I’m against a ‘black National Anthem’ for the same reason I am against a ‘white National Anthem,’ a ‘gay National Anthem,’ a ‘straight National Anthem,’ a ‘Jewish National Anthem,’ a ‘Christian National Anthem,’ and so on.”
She continued, “We are ONE NATION, under God. Francis Scott Key’s words ring true for every single American Citizen regardless of their skin color. James Weldon Johnson’s ‘Lift Your Voice’ is a beautiful song, but it is not our National Anthem.”
Prior to the championship game, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) set off a similar social media firestorm when she tweeted “America only has ONE NATIONAL ANTHEM. Why is the NFL trying to divide us by playing multiple!? Do football, not wokeness.”
You can follow Matt Holloway on Facebook, Twitter, TruthSocial, Gettr, Gab & Parler.