Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) made her feelings on Trump’s condemnation of NFL players kneeling for the national anthem clear Monday night, as she took a knee in solidarity on the House floor.
Jackson Lee said you “cannot deny” that Trump calling players who kneel ‘[sons] of a b**ch’ is “racism.”
“I kneel in honor of them. I kneel in front of the flag and on this floor,” Jackson Lee declared.
“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.”
See her full statement and video below:
“We simply ask for the dignity and respect to not call our mothers a son-of-a-B. I heard a young man who is an NFL player say that he will kneel from now on!
The only reason he is doing this is that someone had the lack of judgment to provoke the situation and call their mothers a name. I refuse to accept that as a standard of leadership for the highest office in the world.
Even if you never understand it, sir, if you think you’re playing to your base, we will continue to stand in the gap. And racism is going to be under our foot. You know where else it is going to be? Under our knees.
We in the CBC have always stood for what is right. There is no basis in the First Amendment that says you cannot kneel in the national anthem.”
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