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US Olympic Gold Medalist Race Imboden Kneels During National Anthem at Pan Am Games

Fencing champion Race Imboden is in the headlines and not just for winning a gold medal along with his fencing teammates at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

During the National Anthem ceremony, Imboden took a knee and defended his protest claiming it was over America’s “multiple shortcomings.”

Imboden used Twitter to explain his feelings that his pride in America has been “cut short,” adding he was “sacrificing” his spotlight opportunity all while slamming President Trump because he “spreads hate.”

Imboden also expressed his views during a TV interview.

Texas Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy Seal who lost an eye in an explosion while serving in Afghanistan, slammed Imboden on Twitter calling him “delusional.”

According to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Imboden may face disciplinary action for his antics.

The New York Post reports:

“We respect his rights to express his viewpoints, but we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment,” the group said. “Our leadership are reviewing what consequences may result.”

Unfortunately, Imboden, who was rewarded for his skills doing what he loves, highjacked a celebratory moment to make a personal political statement on the world’s stage.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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