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Many lawmakers have spoken out against NFL players protesting the national anthem, but for Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) the lack of respect for the anthem and flag hits particularly close to home.

Mast, who served in the Army for twelve years and lost both his legs to an IED blast while serving as a bomb disposal expert in Afghanistan, wrote on Facebook that any player who refuses to stand for the anthem "should already be gone."

On "Fox & Friends" this morning, Mast said athletes are "stealing" the moment of patriotism, celebration and unity that Americans are supposed to experience before a game.

"I think we have a right to be upset," Mast said, adding that President Trump was spot-on in saying that it's “disgraceful” for any football player to disrespect the sacrifices of those who have defended the U.S.

He acknowledged that players have a right to free speech, but they should understand that this form of protest is "hugely distasteful" because of the importance of the anthem and flag.

"It's something very deep and meaningful to anybody that's served this country."

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