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‘The View’ Reacts: Donald Trump Feuding With NFL Over National Anthem Protests

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The View NFL Protests Donald Trump

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The View NFL Protests Donald Trump

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“The View” co-hosts reacted Monday to President Donald Trump feuding with the NFL over many athletes kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest. Watch the video below.

During a “Hot Topics” segment on the daytime talk show, Whoopi Goldberg referred to the president as the “bum-in-chief” before noting he “sort of went crazy and was in Alabama saying wild stuff.” The co-host was referring to Trump saying during a rally that any athlete who takes a knee during the national anthem is a “son of a bitch” who should be “fired.” The president also wrote several tweets on the topic, including, “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”

But Goldberg argued, “I say it is about race and it is about respecting people.” She went on to note that black people “didn’t get the vote in the United States until 1968” and have been marginalized in society throughout the decades. “America allows us to protest that way,” she aded about peacefully getting down on one knee. She further insisted the NFL protesters aren’t “hurting anybody” or “screaming,” but quietly making a point.

Meanwhile, Sonny Hostin noted that protesting during the national anthem is one’s “constitutional right.” “You can not fire someone for executing their constitutional right,” she added. “It’s illegal. To hear him say that was appalling to me.” She further insisted the protests aren’t “about disrespect for the flag, military or country.” “Our anthem says liberty and justice for all,” she added, further noting the NFL athletes want to “highlight the promises of the anthem and the lived experiences of African Americans in this community.”

Fellow co-host Joy Behar then recalled multiple incidents where Trump’s wife Melania “had to remind him to place his hand on his heart” during the national anthem, and added, “Let’s not talk about patriotic behavior.” She then called out the president for talking about neo-Nazis “with such glee” following the Charlottesville riots, while using an expletive to criticize the NFL protestors. Watch the full video below.

 


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