Farmer plows a message for the NFL: 'We stand for the national anthem'

Aris Folley, AOL.com

Retired farmer Gene Hanson, 77, has a special message for the NFL: “We stand for the National Anthem.”

Hanson plowed that phrase into his soybean field a week after President Trump called any NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest social injustice and police brutality a "son of a b---h” who should be fired, condemning their actions as disrespectful to the nation's flag.

 “I go with [President] Trump on this one,” the North Dakota resident told Fox News Tuesday. “If you want to protest, that’s not the place to do it.”

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“A lot of people died over our flag. We’re able to voice our opinion because of it. If you’re going to show respect for anything, do it for the national anthem," Hanson said.


According to the outlet, Hanson has plowed political statements into his fields before. Such messages include: “Feel the Bern," “Blue Lives Matter” and “GOP, get your act together.”

And though Hanson said he didn't vote for Trump in the primaries, he said he made a huge "Vote Trump" message by the time the presidential election rolled around.

He said his most popular message was the Prince symbol he plowed after the singer's death in 2016, but he received a ton of criticism for his "Never Hillary" message.

“Most responses have been positive, though,” Hanson said.