A World War II vet named John Middlemas became an internet sensation over the weekend by showing his solidarity for NFL players who take a knee.
John’s grandson posted a photo to Twitter saying, quote, “My grandpa is a 97 year old WWII vet and Missouri farmer who wanted to join with those who #TakeaKnee: ‘Those kids have every right to protest.'”
His post has been liked 303,000 times and retweeted more than 116,000 times.
According to a Springfield newspaper, John’s a big supporter of civil rights and proud to have served alongside black servicemen aboard a submarine in the war. He’s NOT a fan of the president though.
When asked how he felt about Trump criticizing athletes who take a knee, he called the president, quote, “garbage-mouthed.”
Originally posted on September 25th, 2017