A farmer in North Dakota who has previously made headlines for his agriculture art is back with a new message, and he appears to have the full support of President Donald Trump.
Gene Hanson of Edgeley, North Dakota has a very simple message for the National Football League: “We stand for the National Anthem.”
Hanson plowed the message into his bean crops in response to NFL players protesting the flag and the national anthem during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Trump appeared to support what Hanson did, as he shared the photo from a Fox News article about the farmer to his Facebook account on Tuesday for the whole world to see.
“Thank you Gene Hanson — a GREAT American (and farmer) who is standing up for our flag, our anthem, and our country!” Trump wrote.
Speaking with Fox News on Tuesday, Hanson said he supports Trump’s position on encouraging players to remain standing during the national anthem.
“I go with Trump on this one,” Hanson said. “If you want to protest, that’s not the place to do it.”
Hanson said he believes if people are going to show respect for anything, it should be for the anthem.
“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,” he said
He explained that he flew his small plane over the bean field after he was done creating a message in order to capture a photo of the finished design. Then, he uploaded the photo to Facebook for others to see.
Hanson was distracted by a passerby with just two letters to go on his first attempt, but after relocating to another section of his field, he was able to get the message done perfectly on the second attempt.
He said he originally considered adding, “We kneel at the cross” to the bottom of the original message, but the first frost of the season prohibited him from doing so.
Hanson and his wife, Darlene, are Lutherans who attend church regularly, and he is a Republican who supports Trump.
He saw Trump in person in North Dakota last month when the president gave a speech on tax reform.
“I was 20 feet away from him,” Hanson said. “It was a good meeting and the president stayed on script.”
Hanson believes Trump is trying to do the right thing, but the “continuous battle” in Washington, D.C., has made it difficult for him to get things done.
Hanson has garnered attention in the past for creating messages in his fields that read, “Drain the Swamp,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “Feel the Bern,” “GOP, get your act together” and “Vote Trump.”
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