The Hill reports that two congressmen have taken a knee on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of NFL protesters. Most recently, Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) took a knee behind his podium, denouncing President Trump's attack on athletes who kneel during the national anthem.
“I think today, taking a knee is becoming a broader sign of patriotism and respect for our country,” Pocan said, according to The Hill. “I join so many now in the NFL and elsewhere in taking a knee for the America that we all aspire it to be.”
You can watch his full comments at the video below.
The Hill reports that moments later, Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) defended Trump's NFL comments.
“The president is right to publicly object to this disrespect to our flag and nation,” Mooney said. “While we can disagree on politics and policies, we should not denigrate our flag in our national anthem.”
The NFL has been criticized for national anthem protests since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during a 2016 preseason game. Kaepernick claimed he was protesting racial injustice and police brutality. After President Trump's comments over the weekend, the national anthem controversy was significantly escalated.
On Saturday, President Trump tweeted, “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country). “[He or she] should stand for the national anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"
President Trump also addressed the controversy in a recent speech, remarking that those who don't stand should be fired. You can watch President Trump's remarks at the video below.
The last person to take a knee on the floor of the House of Representatives was Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
"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,” Jackson Lee said on Monday.
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