“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade said on Monday that by saying NFL players should be fired for kneeling during the national anthem, President Trump “only made everything worse.”
Kilmeade felt it was a message of division that didn’t need to be sent, as it demonstrates to the world the strange place where we are as a country.
“It’s embarrassing. The first game was at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time in England at Wembley Stadium and the whole world got to see how divided we are even when it comes to playing the national anthem,” said Kilmeade.
He also said this wasn’t an issue limited to President Trump.
“People should get this clear,” Kilmeade added on Monday. “This did not start with President Trump. This started when President Obama was president. When Colin Kaepernick was noticed taking a knee during the national anthem. He was asked about it. Others joined him on it. It was extremely controversial. The president got fed up with it.”
“Yesterday, I thought the president, overall in his remarks Friday and his tweet Saturday, made everything worse.”
In front of a crowd of screaming supporters in Alabama on Friday, Trump indulged in what many believe to be an over the top condemnation of players kneeling for the national anthem.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” Trump tweeted early Sunday before the games. “Fire or suspend!”
The president’s comments continued Monday morning, with Trump tweeting that fans who booed NFL players who refused to stand during the national anthem were demanding respect for the country’s flag.
Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
Dennis Michael Lynch knows Brian Kilmeade very well, and had this to say: “Kilmeade is clueless. Saying Trump made things worse is asinine. Trump is calling it out like he should. Perhaps if Kilmeade cared more about loyalty and less about selling his books, he’d understand this. But he doesn’t.”
— Dennis Michael Lynch (@realDennisLynch) September 25, 2017
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