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Published On: Tue, Sep 26th, 2017

Sheila Jackson Lee says Trump’s NFL comments are racism, takes a knee in Congress

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) stated that President Trump’s comments about NFL players protesting and kneeling during the national anthem as undisguised racism during her speech from the House floor Monday night which included her taking a knee.

At a rally in Huntsville, Ala., on Friday, Trump mused: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired.’ ”

Jackson Lee, who represents central Houston, demanded to know which NFL player’s mother Trump was insulting.

“That is racism,” Jackson Lee said during a special order of the Congressional Black Caucus. “You cannot deny it.”

Then Jackson Lee took a knee.

She then posted the video and tweeted: Proud to kneel in defense of 1st Amendment. https://youtu.be/JKhpYlLCRx4   @realDonaldTrump @HouseDemocrats

“I kneel in honor of them,” she said. “ … I kneel because the flag is a symbol of freedom. I kneel because I am going to stand against racism.”

While the Washington Post LIED to readers when it stated that “Virtually all NFL players” kneeled and/or locked arms in protest and that Trump “has been widely rebuked by the league, owners and players.” Using their veiled language as cover for their liberal bias, NASCAR defended the national anthem, warning drivers against it and have been called racists as well.

Trump tweeted yesterday: “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!”

Not to the left, this is all about race.

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a fellow member of the Congressional Black Caucus, also spoke out against Trump’s comments on Monday, saying that “young people kneeling today are following a long tradition,” referencing civil rights leaders’ tradition of kneeling in protest.

“During another period, we knelt,” Lewis wrote in second tweet. “There is nothing wrong with kneeling down to stand up against injustice. It’s protected by the Constitution.”

The images of kneeling were NOT during the national anthem.

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, condemned Trump’s attack on the NFL and Colin Kaepernick:

“They are taking a knee to protest police officers who kill unarmed African Americans — men and women, adults and children, parents and grandparents — with impunity,” Richmond said. “They are taking a knee to protest a justice system that says that being black is enough reason for a police officer to fear for his or her life.”

In the NFL, he said, 70 percent of players are black, which means they and their families and friends have “experienced racial profiling by police that leaves too many unarmed African Americans injured or dead.”

By the way, Kaepernick’s family is white.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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