CA Woman: Airline Changed My Seat To Honor Pakistani Monks’ Religious Beliefs…

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She should have been upgraded to first class.

Via CBS News:

A Southern California woman said she is the victim of discrimination, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Mary Campos said her pre-booked ticket was given away by United Airlines. The reason? She’s a woman, and two men didn’t want to sit next to a female.

A million-mile flier, Campos, a mom who lives in Coto de Caza, said she thought she’d seen it all – until a gate agent handed her a new boarding pass just before she got on a flight to Houston last Monday.

“He said, ‘This is your new seat,’” Campos said, “and I said, ‘Excuse me?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this.’”

She said she continued by saying, “Yes?”

And the agent told her, “The two gentlemen seated next to you have cultural beliefs that prevent them for sitting next to, talking to or communicating with females.”

She was shocked.

“I thought I lived in a culture where females were equal to men,” she said.

Campos is a senior consultant in the oil and gas industry.

She said she had no choice but to take her new seat assignment.

That’s when she said she wrote a letter to the CEO of United Airlines.

The letter said, in part, “What if I were handicapped or transgender? What if your entire flight crew were female? Any belief that prevents individuals from interacting with females should not travel on commercial aircraft.”

She got a reply that said United would look into it. She said she didn’t hear from them again.

A company spokesperson wrote to CBS Los Angeles, in part: “We regret that Ms. Campos was unhappy with the handling of the seat assignments on her flight. United holds our employees to the highest standards of professionalism and has zero tolerance for discrimination.”

Campos was told the men were Pakistani monks who were wearing long orange shirts. She said the female flight crew was not allowed to serve the men.

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Hillary’s Effort To Silence The Women Bill Slept With Or Allegedly Abused

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According to Juanita Broaddrick, Hillary personally threatened her.

Via Weekly Standard:

The most read story on the Washington Post website Thursday was a little number called “Enabler or family defender? How Hillary Clinton responded to husband’s accusers.” As a piece of explanatory journalism it was weirdly imprecise and incomplete.

The Post’s reporter depicts Clinton as a wife whose political enemies, with their endless accusations about her husband’s ever-failing zipper, left her no choice but to defend him “with steely determination.” An old friend describes the Clintons’ attitude: “These people are not going to run over us.”

But who are “these people”? The Post would have you believe they’re all those ill-tempered Republicans. But the statement is more accurate if “these people” are taken to be the women who have been reckless enough to have sex with Bill Clinton.

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Hillary Supporter Mark Cuban: My Players Can Join National Anthem Protest In Violation Of The NBA Rule…

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Social justice will be the downfall of some professional sports.

Via News 4JAX:

Mark Cuban told his players he’s got their backs if they want to protest during the national anthem.

“This country was built on civil disobedience,” the Dallas Mavericks owner told CNNMoney.

Cuban commended San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started protesting during the national anthem in August to raise awareness about racial issues affecting the country.

“[O]f all the ways you could protest, you could throw a bomb, you could shoot a gun, you could throw a punch, you could start a protest, you could try to start a riot, you could shoot somebody, he took a knee,” Cuban said.

“And now he’s started a huge conversation about what it means to be American, what it means to be proud to be an American, what it means to salute the flag, because he took a knee.”

Unlike other major pro sports leagues in the U.S., the NBA has a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem.

Cuban told CNNMoney he would stand during the anthem, but that he told his players they have the right to express themselves.

“Just make sure you understand what you’re saying and make sure you’re willing to stand up to it and make sure your teammates know so it’s not a surprise to any of them.”

He said his players were “thankful” that he’d had the conversation with them.

Cuban attributed his respect for the first amendment to his father, who had joined the U.S. Navy at age 16.

Cuban said his father was very clear about why his grandparents left Russia.

“Because if they said anything there was a chance they could be killed,” Cuban said. “There was no freedom of speech. And he taught me very early on to respect all the amazing rights that we have here and to respect the opinion of others. But still stick to my core beliefs.”

Cuban may be fine with his players protesting, but it’s unclear what the NBA will do. The league did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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White House Wants To Add New Racial Category For Middle Eastern People

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Being from ‘Middle East’ is not a race. But it will broaden lawsuits and things that can be called ‘racist’.

WASHINGTON — The White House is putting forward a proposal to add a new racial category for people from the Middle East and North Africa under what would be the biggest realignment of federal racial definitions in decades.

If approved, the new designation could appear on census forms in 2020 and could have far-reaching implications for racial identity, anti-discrimination laws and health research.

Under current law, people from the Middle East are considered white, the legacy of century-old court rulings in which Syrian Americans argued that they should not be considered Asian — because that designation would deny them citizenship under the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. But scholars and community leaders say more and more people with their roots in the Middle East find themselves caught between white, black and Asian classifications that don’t fully reflect their identities.

“What it does is it helps these communities feel less invisible,” said Helen Samhan of the Arab American Institute, which has been advocating the change for more than 30 years. “It’s a good step, a positive step.”

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All Hail Diversity! Governor Moonbeam Signs California Unisex Restrooms Single-Stall Law…

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In California the whole family can share the restroom at the same time.

Via Mercury News:

Forget the men’s room and the women’s room. Gender will no longer matter when using single-stall public bathrooms in California.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation that will require restrooms for single users to be designated all-gender, California’s latest move to bolster transgender rights even as much of the country moves in the opposite direction.

“California is charting a new course for equality,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco. “Restricting access to single-user restrooms by gender defies common sense and disproportionately burdens the LGBT community, women, and parents or caretakers of dependents of the opposite gender.”

In signing Assembly Bill 1732, Brown vindicated activists who have made the right to use bathrooms matching their gender identities a new front in LGBT politics.

California has continued down that path even as elected officials in other states, notably North Carolina, have moved to block transgender people from using the bathroom they are most comfortable using.

“We now have a policy that gives everyone greater privacy and safety in public restrooms. It — and not hateful laws in North Carolina, Mississippi and elsewhere — should be the model for the nation,” Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur said in a statement.

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Bill Clinton Keeps Obama Waiting On Plane Back From Israel

They really do despise each other.

Chicago Tribune Endorses Gary Johnson Over Hillary…

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The Cubs will also win the World Series.

Via USA Today:

The Chicago Tribune is the latest major newspaper to deliver an endorsement (or “disendorsement,” in the case of USA TODAY), but unlike most other legacy publications, the Tribune endorsed Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate.

“We reject the cliche that a citizen who chooses a principled third-party candidate is squandering his or her vote,” the Editorial Board wrote.

The Tribune, which said earlier this year it could not endorse Donald Trump, stands by that. Its board contends that while Clinton, unlike Trump, is qualified for the presidency, they don’t agree with her vision for the country.

Its members argue Clinton, however qualified for the presidency, is making promises she can’t deliver. She is offering a series of programs — college education, paid family leave, infrastructure expenditures, health spending — that would come with a $1.65 trillion pricetag, the board says, citing numbers from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Time upon time, Clinton’s behavior affirms the perception that she’s a corner-cutter whose ambitions drive her decisions. One telling episode among the countless: Asked by a voter if she was for or against the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, she replied, “If it’s undecided when I become president, I will answer your question.” As we’ve asked here before, will Hillary Clinton ever get over her consuming fear of straight talk?

And it’s not just that. The board members decided against endorsing Clinton, in part they say, because people don’t trust her. They cite the attack in Libya, her “extremely careless” handling of classified information and allegations of conflicts of interest between the Clinton-run State Department and her family foundation. And her pneumonia spell, which she reportedly kept from her aides.

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Hoboken Crash: Engineer Was Not Under Influence Of Drugs Or Alcohol

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So that leaves physical medical issue, mental or emotional problem, or something out of his control like a sabotage.

Via Daily Mail:

The engineer who was operating the train that crashed into the Hoboken, New Jersey station on Thursday was not under the influence at the time of the accident.

Conductor Thomas Gallagher, 48, underwent a blood test, which came back negative for drugs and alcohol, a law enforcement official told ABC.

Authorities have already recovered one of the train’s two black boxes as the National Transportation Safety Board tries to determine the cause of the crash that killed one and injured 114 others.

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White Army Veteran Recovering From Injuries After Being Savagely Beaten During Charlotte Riots…

Motive unknown.

Via WBTV:

A Charlotte family has raised more than $22,000 after an Army vet was beaten and hospitalized last week during riots that broke out after the deadly shooting of a man by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer.

Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot and killed by a police officer Tuesday afternoon while in the parking lot of an apartment complex in northeast Charlotte.

Violent protests broke out Tuesday night, followed by protests, violent protests and rioting on Wednesday. A majority of the rioting Wednesday took place in uptown Charlotte – with a majority of the damage near the EpiCentre.

United States Army veteran David Palmer, who is serving his first year as a civilian, was attacked Wednesday night during the riots, according to his family.

Ashley Warlick says her family got separated by protesters after having dinner at the EpiCentre that night.

“It was shortly after that things went south,” Warlick told WBTV. “We were separated at that point. So I got on the phone with my brother multiple times trying to make sure that he headed back home.”

Warlick posted in a GoFundMe page that Palmer was jumped by ten men who were attacking people and looting businesses around the EpiCentre.

Video posted online shows the mayhem near the place her brother was attacked.

“They stole his phone and caused bodily injuries, not to mention the mental toll that it has taken,” she wrote online.

He has a fractured eye socket and multiple broken bones in his face. Warlick told WBTV Palmer is going to have a metal plate on the left side of his face and will need reconstructive surgery.

“The specialists told us to imagine dropping a dinner plate from above your head – ‘that’s what the inside of your face looks like right now’,” Warlick wrote.

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Onlooker On ‘Fox And Friends’ Shouts Out “Bill Clinton Is A Rapist!”

Via The Hill:

An onlooker interrupted a Fox News live outdoors shot Saturday, repeatedly yelling “Bill Clinton is a rapist” before being removed by security.

The incident appeared to be linked to conservative radio host Alex Jones, who on Friday offered $5,000 to any listener who appeared on national TV calling Clinton a rapist.

The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. as “Fox & Friends” hosts Tucker Carlson, Abby Huntsman and Ed Henry were live from the streets of midtown Manhattan, introducing a segment on a charity event for shelter pets.

Among the onlookers behind the hosts, a man appearing to be in his twenties climbed a security railing and removed his outer shirt, revealing underneath a t-shirt sold by Jones, which features Clinton’s face above the word “rape.”

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Florida Democrats Cry Foul Over Chick-fil-A Voter Registration Drive…

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Chick-fil-A has agreed to not sign up voters on Sunday.

Via Tampa Bay Times:

A controversy is clucking in Pinellas County over chicken sandwiches, sweet tea and voter registration cards.

The Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County are crying foul over Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark’s decision to hold voter registration drives at nine Chick-fil-A locations. Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits, supports conservative causes.

Susan McGrath, leader of the Stonewall Democrats and head of the Pinellas Democratic Party, said the decision to use Chick-fil-A would be similar to a Democratic supervisor of elections holding the event at Planned Parenthood.

McGrath said the group supports the effort to register more voters, But she called the move partisan to hold the event at Chick-fil-A and said it might be more transparent to hold the voter drives at the Republican Party headquarters.

“While some Democrats may occasionally dine at Chick-fil-A (and perhaps even members of the LGBT community), the coordination of Pinellas voter registration activities with this right-leaning business very clearly conveys that your office is targeting Republican-leaning voters,” McGrath wrote to Clark.

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7 Military Trainees From Afghanistan Missing From Bases In U.S.

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Just a coincidence, nothing to worry about…

Via WSB:

More than half a dozen military trainees from Afghanistan have disappeared over the course of about two weeks.

They were training at U.S. bases, including Fort Gordon in Augusta and Fort Benning near Columbus.

“It’s concerning and legitimately so,” Georgia State University security and counterterrorism expert Robert Friedmann said.

Seven trainees went AWOL from bases so far this month. Friedmann says he doesn’t think the timing is a coincidence.

“It’s fairly likely that it was coordinated, because that’s too much of a coincidence,” he said.

The same weekend a U.S. citizen from Afghanistan detonated a bomb in New York City, two trainees disappeared from Fort Benning, one from Fort Lee, Virginia and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Two weeks later, one walked away from Fort Gordon and two more from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

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South Carolina Sheriff Ready To Draw A Line And Use Force If Necessary For Planned Black Lives Matter Protest…

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Columbia isn’t Charlotte, NC.

Via WISTV:

Midlands law enforcement agencies are making plans ahead of another protest at the State House.

It’s being billed as a “peaceful” protest and again involves members of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In July, a Black Lives Matter protest gathered here and eventually marched from the State House out to Interstate 126. The protest was, in fact, peaceful, compared to the first couple of days in Charlotte following the shooting death of Keith Scott last week. We didn’t have arrests in Columbia although there were dozens in Charlotte.

However, authorities say safety is one of their concerns. Ahead of the protest, police say they have to be ready for anything, especially coming off the heels of the extended, and at times problematic, protests in Charlotte.

The Department of Public Safety is leading the law enforcement response and a spokeswoman tells WIS the agency has been coordinating with protest planners to make sure everyone stays safe. She says DPS does not anticipate any issues, however, the exact number of people that will be in attendance is still unknown.

The July protest here drew several hundred to start.

Timing is another issue of concern. The protest is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m., three hours after kickoff for the Carolina-Texas A&M game. Assembly Street is a main route to and from the stadium and there is some possibility that could be an issue with traffic going right past the State House grounds.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says law enforcement intends to draw a line and use force if necessary to prevent protesters if they try to block traffic.

Fresno Veteran Says Terrorist Crashed Into Him At 100 mph ‘In The Name Of Allah’

But still unsure of motive.

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) — A Fresno man believes he was the victim of a terrorist attack, right here on the roadways in California.

Now, he wants the guy who he says attacked him off the streets so he doesn’t hurt anyone else.

Scott Alcala was driving to San Jose to play golf with his father, when he says he was hit by another car.

Witnesses say a car going extremely fast swerved into Alcala, causing him to fish tail and cross into oncoming traffic.

Alcala said, “I saw the suburban coming right at me about to T-bone right into the driver door and I thought that was it. A second later I turned my head and just smashed into the barrier.”

Alcala says he and the other driver were miraculously able to get out of their cars without hitting anyone else.

Alcala said, “The off-duty police officer went to talk to the other driver in his vehicle and he said, ‘Are you alright? That was way too fast,’ and (the driver) said ‘I didn’t it on purpose. It was in the name of Allah.'”

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Home Depot Pulls Scary Peeper Creeper Halloween Decoration From Stores In Canada After Complaints…

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Next is clown costumes for Halloween.

Via KRTV:

Home Depot has pulled a Halloween prank prop called the Scary Peeper Creeper from its shelves in Canada because some customers found it too scary.

The gag is a lifelike face that can be attached with a suction cup to the outside of a window, looking in, to resemble a Peeping Tom in a hoodie.

Not everyone found it funny in Canada, where a notorious serial killer and rapist from the 1980s was a voyeur. Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said the prop was removed from the company’s 182 stores in Canada out of sensitivity after the complaints.

Home Depot still sells the Scary Peeper Creeper in the United States for about $30, and the North Carolina small business that produces it, Scary Peeper Inc., sells it online.

“Our intention for this product is for it to be used as a fun-spirited prank,” Emily Dowtin, vice president of Scary Peeper, told CNNMoney in an email.

“We offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who has been offended by our products, and certainly, to those who have been victimized by voyeurs,” she said. “Violence towards women is a serious issue, and our products are not intended to make light of serious crimes.”

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Virginia Young Democrat Caught Registering Dead WWII Veteran to Vote

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Update to this story. But naturally they claim he ‘acted alone’.

Via Free Beacon:

A Virginia Young Democrat working for a Democrat-aligned voter registration group got caught filing applications on behalf of dead people when he filed an application for a deceased World War II veteran who was known by a local clerk.

Andrew Spieles, a James Madison University student working for HarrisonburgVotes, confessed earlier this month that he submitted 19 applications for deceased individuals, according to a report in the local Daily News-Record.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that one of those individuals was Richard Allen Claybrook Sr., who died in 2014 at the age of 87. Claybrook was known by a clerk in the voting registration office as a former Fairfax elementary school principal.

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Father: NYC Bombing Suspect’s Mother Being Detained In Afghanistan Went For Dental Treatment…

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Home of the world-renowned dental schools…

Via ABC News:

The father of New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami told ABC News that his wife and one of his other sons have been detained in Afghanistan, after being pulled off a flight in Dubai and questioned for 16 hours by authorities there.

In his first in-depth broadcast interview, Mohammad Rahami said his wife, Najiba Rahami, and son Qassim Rahami were trying to return to the U.S. when they were held in the United Arab Emirates and eventually sent to Kabul.

“Why send my son back to Afghanistan? He is a U.S. citizen. You have any questions? Bring him home. [Don’t] send him to a different country,” Mohammad Rahami said.

The elder Rahami denied that anyone in his family had anything to do with Ahmad Rahami’s alleged bombings in New York and New Jersey on Sept. 17, which injured 29 people.

Mohammad Rahami, whose family is originally from Afghanistan but lives in New Jersey, said he hadn’t spoken with Ahmad Rahami since a falling out in May. But he knew that in the months before the attack, his son had become secretive, changed the lock on his bedroom door and became extremely angry when a young relative once tried to enter without permission.

Ahmad Rahami’s wife left the U.S. in June — for dental work in Afghanistan, according to Mohammad Rahami — and that’s when, a criminal complaint says, Ahmad Rahami began buying bomb components. Mohammad Rahami said that also appears to be when Ahmad Rahami started to grow out his beard.

“He did everything by himself. He buy everything by himself — order online. He did [it] by himself,” Mohammad Rahami said.

After the bombing, Mohammad Rahami said it was the FBI that told him his son was the suspect.

Though Mohammad Rahami said he was “shocked” at the news, he responded by telling agents, “This is [a] stupid son.”

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SC Sheriff Puts Journalists Through Simulated Use-of-Force Exercises

They should put Black Lives Matter folks to the test.

Via Free Beacon:

Five local journalists in Lexington, South Carolina participated in a simulated “force or no force” exercise hosted by the Lexington County sheriff’s office in light of the riots in Charlotte, North Carolina over the fatal shooting of an African American man.

Fox News reported on a video of the exercise that the sheriff’s office posted on their Facebook page, which now has over five million views.

The exercise was meant to put the journalists through real-life situations that the deputies face on a daily basis during traffic stops. The journalists were tasked with using their own judgement in perceiving threats as they walked in deputies’ shoes for simulated traffic stops.

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Students Offended By Allen West’s Use Of Terms “Little Cupcakes ’, ‘Radical Islam’ Walk Out Of Speech

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Cupcakes aren’t as special and unique as snowflakes.

Via The College Fix:

More than 100 students walked out on retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Allen West on Thursday as he began a speech at Saint Louis University to discuss the threat of radical Islam.

The students protesters — led by the SLU Rainbow Alliance and the Muslim Students’ Association — had arrived early and filled many of the seats in the two-story auditorium where West was slated to speak. As he took the stage they stood up and filed out.

At issue is West’s use of the term “radical Islam” — also the subject of his speech.

Last week an administrator at Saint Louis University told the conservative and Republican students organizing the talk that they were not allowed to use the words “radical Islam” on advertisements for the event, reported Young America’s Foundation, which sponsored the talk.

In response, West wrote an article saying he had been “censored,” called modern college students who seek safe spaces “little cupcakes,” and added:

I along with the YAF activists will not back down from this challenge. And if this is just a case of ill-conceived political correctness, we’ll rectify that. But, if this is a case of the influence of stealth jihad radical Islamic campus organizations such as the Muslim Student Association, an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, then you will be exposed. And I recommend to the President of St. Louis University, you do not want it known that a radical Islamic organization is dictating speakers on your campus — that is not the type of PR you really want.

The fiery comments and the subject of his speech prompted the walk out.

“Our administrator made a request for him to tailor his speech to our community, and in response he made a lot of hateful comments about our students,” student Claire Cunningham told The Riverfront Times.

Saint Louis University president Fred Pestello told students in an email he stood in “solidarity” with them, calling West a “provocateur.”

The students — reportedly inspired by West calling them “little cupcakes” — also sold cupcakes outside the venue with proceeds to benefit Syrian refugees. As the students left the auditorium, West donated to the cause.

Had the students stayed, they would have heard a speech on how radical Islamic terrorism has reached American shores, and how the U.S. government is obfuscating the issue, and in some cases apparently covering it up, calling terrorist attacks on U.S. soil workplace violence or other names.

West cited more than a dozen terrorist attacks in America in recent years inspired by radical Islam as he continued his speech.

West said these issues should not be muddled in party politics, considering that “during 9/11, no one came in looking for Republicans or Democrats. They came looking to kill Americans.”

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Overnight Open Thread: Injured Football Player Stands For National Anthem

Via The Blaze:

A former high school football player who was seriously injured in an accident three years ago shocked friends and family by standing for the national anthem during a recent football game, according to WPDE-TV.

Wesley Baker of Conway, South Carolina, was walking down the highway in July 2013 when he was hit by a truck. Baker’s mother, Debra Phipps, told WPDE that her son almost died. He survived, but lost one of his legs and suffered brain damage.

Since his accident, Baker has attended games but has been unable to stand during the national anthem — until Friday.

“It feels like a dream,” Phipps said. “I’ve asked God for three years … when his accident took place I said, ‘God, please let my son walk again and talk again,’ and day by day, he’s shown me miracles.”

Baker’s uncle Gary Smith told WPDE that his nephew has “reached so many milestones since the accident and this is just another step towards him walking across that [football] field.”

“We knew that one day we were going to stand beside him and watch these ball games, and we know that one day he’s going to walk up these bleachers with us. There is no doubt in our mind,” he said.

Phipps said that, at a time when some football players are choosing to kneel in protest during the national anthem, she wanted people to see her son standing.

“Wesley, he’s worked hard, he’s lost his leg and he had a right to sit down, but now God is giving him the strength to stand up, and we all need to stand up for America,” she said.