“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.’”

President Donald Trump’s incendiary screed on Friday against NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem played well among his most rabid supporters. In their eyes, Trump can do no wrong.

Happily, most Americans — including wealthy Trump supporters and NFL team owners — believe that Trump’s comments have gone too far. Most Americans defend the right of citizens to protest peacefully, even though they might not agree with players who choose to protest by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.

Trump’s divisive polemic provides just one more example of the countless ways that his words and behavior disrespect the principles upon which our nation was founded; that is to say, they disrespect our flag.

Trump disrespects the flag when:

— He badmouths immigrants, while ignoring the words that appear on the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.”

— He treats members of half the American population (women) as mere objects to use — or abuse.

— He bullies opponents and lies to everyone in his manic quest for self-aggrandizement.

— He makes a mockery of the First Amendment when he refers to “the media” as “fake news,” all the while staunchly defending Fox News and right-wing talk shows.

— He refuses to condemn racist groups or, for that matter, supporters who wave Confederate battle flags. Talk about disrespecting the U.S. flag!

— He cottons up to foreign dictators who would try to influence our elections, while insulting our American allies.

— He snarls government gears by playing various factions against each other, keeping everyone off balance, off center and off purpose.

— He refuses to be transparent about his financial wheelings and dealings, creating the strong impression that he is more concerned about the wealth of his family than the well-being of America.

— He pretends to care that all Americans have access to affordable health, while pushing legislators to pass laws that will take health care away from millions of Americans.

— He jeopardizes the safety of the entire world by trying to out-bully North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, a loose cannon by any definition.

— He champions only small segments of society (wealthy business people who want lower taxes and fewer regulations, and angry Americans who blame “the other” for their own failures), while trashing anyone who doesn’t sing his praises.

Perhaps most distressingly, Trump chose to focus on peaceful protests by football players rather than the pressing issues America faces today: nuclear war, climate change, hurricane disaster relief, government gridlock, world hunger and so on.

Around the time of the Vietnam War, the comic strip “Pogo” included the phrase, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Let’s update that plaint. “Donald Trump, we have met the disrespecter of the American flag, and he is you.”

David Treadwell is a Brunswick writer.