US Gold Medalist Kneels During National Anthem at Pan Am Games to Protest Racism, Trump

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American gold medalist fencer Race Imboden "took a knee" as the national anthem played Friday at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

He tweeted: “We must call for change... This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list.

“I chose to (sacrifice) my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change."

❤️❤️❤️✊-- thank you @Race_Imboden!

— KnowYourRightsCamp (@yourrightscamp) August 10, 2019

Imboden, 26, won a bronze medal in the men’s individual foil on Tuesday, and is ranked as the world’s second-best in the foil event.

Friday, he helped his team win gold in the men’s foil team event, and then took a knee on the podium during the awards ceremony while the Star-Spangled Banner played.