Smith Hits Trump Over Pence Protest: 'The President Has…Hijacked This Issue'

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And to see the players of the NFL kneeling for our national anthem really angers me.

"No player is disrespecting our Country or our Flag". According to the player, "Certain players were allowed to speak on it after the game last week and then they said the case was closed. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!" Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Washington owner Dan Snyder have addressed the issue with their players as has Jones.

Suspicions were first raised after Mr Pence quickly releasing a statement and took to Twitter to explain his actions, using the opportunity to upload a cover photo of himself standing during the anthem.

Trump, a Republican, last month called on National Football League team owners to fire players who kneel during the "Star-Spangled Banner" to protest police violence against black Americans.

President Donald Trump Tuesday morning seemed to open the door to ending the "massive tax breaks" that some non-profits receive, which now cost the American taxpayer between $71 billion and over $80 billion annually.


NBC national correspondent Peter Alexander indicated that the media had been clued in, saying that "reporters were told to stay in their van because "there may be an early depature from the game".

"While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem", Pence said.

Other elected officials also took Trump and Pence to task for Pence's decision to leave the Colts game, with CNN reporting that Hawaii Democratic Sen. He thinks it's wrong for National Football League players - who often play in venues subsidized by "Joe Lunchbucket's" tax payments - to protest while their technically on the job instead of using their personal time and fortunes to support their favored political causes. We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues. If you have not risked coming home under our flag, don't you dare disrespect it. "He's fired! He's fired!'"

Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco quarterback for the 49ers, began the movement of "taking a knee" in August 2016.

But the President of the United States demanding the players stand borders on a First Amendment violation, and the White House at some point will need to investigate if Trump should continue this war on free speech. A number of players followed Kaepernick's lead by taking a knee during the anthem previous year.

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