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Why Trump is flat wrong about our flag

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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell on why Trump's decision to shut down the Philadelphia Eagles' planned White House visit shouldn't be a surprise and why it's a bad look for the NFL owners. USA TODAY Sports

Members of the military hold the flag during the national anthem before an NFL game in 2017.(Photo: Reinhold Matay, USA TODAY Sports)

Today is Flag Day, which makes it a good time to talk about why President Trump is flat wrong on the flag. Today also is the 75th anniversary of a celebrated Supreme Court case, which makes it a good time to remember the stirring words of the late Justice Robert H. Jackson.

Trump says NFL players should stand proudly for the national anthem or shouldn’t be playing — and maybe shouldn’t even be in the country. It’s an ugly assertion that he supposes is grounded in bedrock American values, but Jackson’s opinion in a 1943 free-speech case explains in sparkling prose precisely why Trump’s grandstanding is the polar opposite of real American values.

“To believe that patriotism will not........