On Monday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the Texas Democrat once dubbed the “Congressional boss from Hell,” kneeled during a speech on the House floor as a show of solidarity with NFL players who demonstrated this weekend against President Trump, the Daily Caller reported.
“There is no basis in the First Amendment that says that you cannot kneel before the national anthem or in front of the flag,” she said.
The Daily Caller reported:
Jackson Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, took issue with a speech Trump gave on Friday in which he called on NFL owners to fire players who refused to stand for the national anthem.
“Get that son of a bitch off the field,” Trump said during a political rally in Alabama.
Dozens of NFL players kneeled in response to Trump’s remarks, and some teams, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, largely refused to take the field during the playing of the national anthem.
According to Jackson Lee, Trump’s “SOB” comment was racist.
“There is no regulation that says that these young men cannot stand against the dishonoring of their mothers by you calling them ‘fire the son of a b.’ You tell me which of those children’s mothers is a son of a b. That is racism. You cannot deny it. You cannot run for it, and I kneel in honor of them,” she said.
“I kneel in front of the flag and on this floor,” she added, kneeling behind the podium.
Here’s video of her comments:
“I kneel in honor of the First Amendment. I kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom. I kneel because I’m going to stand against racism. I kneel because I will stand with those young men, and I’ll stand with our soldiers. And I’ll stand with America, because I kneel,” she said.
Translation: Up is down and bad is good.
The Daily Caller added:
Trump has denied that his comments had anything to do with race. He has said that he believes that professional athletes should honor the American flag and members of the military by standing during the national anthem.
Instead, players on a number of teams have chosen to disrespect the flag by either kneeling during the anthem or hiding out in their locker while the anthem is played.
The actions of protest against Trump have angered fans across the country. As we reported Monday, one Steelers fan responded by burning his team gear.
On Monday, longtime NFL fan Rush Limbaugh said he did not watch the NFL on Sunday for the first time in 45 years:
But if you’ll permit me first, I was personally saddened. I did not watch the National Football League yesterday, and it was the first time in 45 years that I made an active decision not to watch, including my team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was not a decision made in anger. It was genuine sadness. I realized that I can no longer look at this game and watch this game and study this game and pretend, you know, fantasize, everything a fan does. This whole thing has removed for me the ingredients that are in the recipe that make up a fan.
The mystique is gone. That actually started vanishing a while ago. The larger-than-life aspect of it is gone. The belief, the wish, the desire that the people in the game were the best and brightest and special, and that’s why they were there, that’s gone. And it’s been politicized. It has been politicized and corrupted, and it didn’t start this weekend. It started years ago. And if I wanted to, I could go back and get the transcripts from a few years ago on this program where I first sensed that this was happening and was going to happen.
Limbaugh said this has been coming for quite some time, and isn’t going to help the NFL:
The one thing this is not going to do is make the NFL more popular. It is not going to make the NFL more ingrained in our society. You just cannot have a business as large as the National Football League — which is as dependent on public dollars as it is. You simply cannot have a business that allows itself to be used to promote “social justice” when that promotion of social justice requires displays of anti-Americanism, however you want to define it.
“There is no way that business is going to grow and prosper,” he added. “No matter how correct the protest might be, no matter how justified it might be, that is not the place for it. It is not why people spend money watching it, patronizing it, purchasing anything to do with it. And that makes me sad. I don’t want the NFL to go away. I don’t want the NFL to become less than what it was. But it already is. You can’t watch the NFL anymore and just watch football.”
What do you think? Are the political protests driving you away from the NFL? Let us know in the comment section below.
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