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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 06:34 PM

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OPED: Clinton Insults America With NFL Protests Comments

I really donít want to make fun of Hillary Clinton. Sheís had a tough time of it lately, and must feel very disappointed. But after reading recent statements she made over the weekend at a London literature festival, I have to ask: how stupid does she think we are?

In discussing the NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem, she said that ďkneeling is a reverent position. It was to demonstrate in a peaceful way against racism and injustice in our criminal system.Ē She further noted it wasnít ďagainst our anthem or our flag.Ē

She canít be serious.

Itís well understood that one stands during the playing of the national anthem to show respect. To take a knee is to intentionally do the opposite. Itís hard to see it as anything other than a sign of disrespect for the flag and the anthem, no matter what else itís meant to signify.

Clinton didnít stop there. She also continued to insist that President Trumpís criticism of black NFL players who kneel is a ďdog whistleĒ to his base. Itís not enough that she makes excuses for the players, she also has to turn any criticism of their actions in a racial thing.

So once again she insults our intelligence. Most Americans think kneeling during the anthem is inappropriate.
So once again she insults our intelligence. Most Americans think kneeling during the anthem is inappropriate, and they know their belief is not about the race or ethnicity of the person doing it.

I understand that many on the left arenít offended by what the players are doing. Some, indeed, seem to think kneeling is chic. But itís a sad sign if Clintonís defense has become the norm for a large portion of the political spectrum.

Imagine, say, someone dumping garbage in Arlington National Cemetery. Itís no excuse to claim itís a peaceful protest meant to draw attention to some important issue. No matter the cause, itís an intentional, nasty insult to tens of millions of Americans.

And itís also a pretty poor approach to convincing your fellow citizens to see things your way, if thatís what youíre hoping to do.

The players are free to believe what they want, of course, and to fight for any cause in their spare timeóand theyíve got half the year off. But while theyíre wearing that uniform, and representing their team, the NFL can tell them how to act. And if the League decides they canít hijack the game by insulting the fans just before the kickoff, then thatís the NFLís business.

(And if the NFL decides they can hijack the game, then thereís nothing to government can do about it. Though the fans could do something about it.)

When President Trump was informed of what Hillary Clinton said, he responded thatís the kind of thinking that lost her the election. I donít know if thatís true, but if Democrats want to defend these players the way Clinton is doing, my guess is rather than moving forward, politically speaking, theyíll be taking a knee in 2018.