African-American Senator speaks out on NFL kneelers


During a Wednesday morning interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Republican Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) offered his perspective on the recent wave of NFL players who are kneeling during the pregame national anthem performance.

Scott, who is the only black Republican in the Senate, said he does not agree with the NFL players protesting during the tribute.

“Every man, woman, child in this country should stand for the national anthem. That should go without question,” Scott told CNBC.

But while speaking out against the kneeling, Scott maintained there are “challenges” that have caused the trend.

The lawmaker said he thought the Dallas Cowboys did a “good job” in finding a way to show their support of the challenges in the country while still respecting the anthem.

On Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys players all knelt before the anthem, along with their owner Jerry Jones, then stood together during the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Senator Scott told CNBC that, although he doesn’t agree with the kneeling as a form of protest, American should ask why the players are kneeling.

“If we were able to reinforce the fact that we all should stand and delve into the challenges that have some players kneeling, we’ll be in a better place as a country. We should all seek for unity and equality in this nation.”

After the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this summer, Scott had spoken out, claiming that President Trump’s “moral authority was compromised” after his response to the incidents.

President Trump invited him to the White House for a visit recently. In an interview after the meeting, Scott said President Trump was very receptive to listening and had invited Vice President Pence to the meeting, as well.

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