RENACCI PULLS TELEVISION AD BUY FROM NFL GAME IN RESPONSE TO PROTESTS THAT DISPARAGE OUR FLAG AND NATIONAL ANTHEM

Wadsworth, OH—Earlier today the Renacci for Ohio campaign cancelled a scheduled television advertising buy for this Sunday’s Browns v. Bengals game in response to the League’s embrace of indefensible protests that disparage both our National Anthem and the American flag.

 “While the First Amendment clearly affords NFL players and officials the freedom to engage in this appalling behavior, having the right to do something does not mean it’s the right thing to do.  Throughout our nation’s history, countless American men and women of all backgrounds and races have sacrificed deeply to protect and preserve the ideals that our nation and its flag stand for—and our National Anthem serves as a tribute to that sacrifice that we should honor, not disparage.  And while the right to speak and protest peacefully is a fundamental freedom that we as Americans enjoy, protesting the most sacred symbols of those freedoms is both sadly ironic and an inexcusable, offensive display of contempt for what our nation stands for,” Jim Renacci said today.

 The cancelled $20,000 spot will be rescheduled for an upcoming, non-NFL event.