White Home Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated Monday that President Trump stays “very a lot in opposition to” NFL gamers kneeling through the Nationwide Anthem as a result of he believes “it’s disrespectful to our army.”
The problem resurfaced in Trump’s tweets Sunday evening after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated the nation’s skilled soccer league encourages gamers to “peacefully protest” in mild of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
“The president could be very a lot in opposition to kneeling generally,” McEnany stated at a White Home briefing.
“The president has made clear for years that kneeling is tied to our nationwide anthem, that it doesn’t respect our army women and men throughout the nation. he’s not a fan of the kneeling motion he’s made that very clear, significantly as a result of he thinks it’s disrespectful to our army, because the kneeling originated on the kneeling through the nationwide anthem.”
In 2016, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling through the Nationwide Anthem in protest of police brutality. Supporters adopted, creating vital nationwide debate.
At a political rally in Alabama in 2017, Trump known as on NFL house owners to fireplace gamers who kneel.
“Wouldn’t you’re keen on to see one in every of these NFL house owners, when someone disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—h off the sphere proper now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired,’” Trump stated.
In weekend tweets, Trump reiterated his opposition to gamers kneeling.
Trump tweeted Sunday: “Might it’s even remotely potential that in Roger Goodell’s moderately fascinating assertion of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it could now be O.Okay. for the gamers to KNEEL, or not to stand, for the Nationwide Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Nation & our Flag?”
On Friday, he wrote, “There are different issues you possibly can protest, however not our Nice American Flag – NO KNEELING!”
Kneeling has taken on a broader which means for police brutality activists after the killing of Floyd by Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on his neck for almost 9 minutes till he died. On Monday morning, congressional Democrats kneeled for a similar period of time in Floyd’s reminiscence earlier than unveiling a police reform invoice.
Chauvin has been fired and charged with second-degree homicide; three associates have been fired and are charged with aiding and abetting homicide.
McEnany additionally stated Trump had not but reviewed the Democrats’ reform invoice because the textual content was not instantly launched.
The press secretary stated Trump “undoubtedly believes there are situations of racism” in policing, however that “he believes most of our cops are good, hardworking folks.”