On Sunday, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended NFL players who knelt during the national anthem. She claimed to kneel is a “reverent” position that is not against “our anthem or our flag.”
The former Democratic first lady was promoting her book, “What Happened,” at the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival. During the foreign visit, she urged Democrats and colleagues to use the issue against President Trump, saying people should resist “what are very clear dog-whistles” to the Trump base, citing the example of the kneeling, protesting NFL players.
“That’s what black athletes kneeling was all about,” she said, in response to a question about ways to resist the White House. ”That’s not against our anthem or our flag. Actually, kneeling is a reverent position. It was to demonstrate in a peaceful way against racism and injustice in our criminal system.”
Clinton urged the Democratic Party and her supporters to continue to “resist” Trump, saying, “I think it would be a grave error for Democrats to recede from those fights, so, therefore, we have to stand up, fight back, resist.”
Clinton went on to equate the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections to the September 11 terrorist attack in 2001.
“We have really well-respected security and intelligence veterans saying this was a kind of cyber 9/11, in the sense that it was a direct attack to American institutions,” she said to a listening crowd. “That may sound dramatic but we know they tried to recruit into election systems, not just social media propaganda.”
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