WASHINGTON – The secretary of Housing and urban Development, Ben Carson said Monday that president Donald Trump “will happen” when it comes to understanding the motivation of athletes to their knees during the national anthem.
Trump has long opposed to players kneeling as a form of protest, arguing that it is disrespectful to the american flag and members of the army. But Carson, the only black member of the cabinet executive, Trump said that he thought Trump might change his mind when we asked him if he could ” persuade the chairman that he should not be upset by the players knelt down during the national anthem “.
“Well, I don’t think that he has shown so much animosity in this region in recent times. And I think that we continue just to work with him. It will be there, ” said Carson in an interview with the radio host conservative Hugh Hewitt.
Trump has denounced the kneeling during the anthem as recently as Saturday, tweeting that he would not watch the matches of the national football team of the NFL or of the United States if the players knelt. It has also tweeted earlier this month that to kneel during the hymn ” lack of respect to our country and to our flag “.
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Carson said that the form of protest must be accompanied by a conversation so that the public understands why athletes do it, rather than assume that the athletes are disrespectful.
“A lot of people feel that they have to kneel because they do not respect our national anthem, or that they do not respect the flag or what it represents. And in fact, I don’t think this is the reason why most of them are kneeling. I think most of them are kneeling, because you know, they want to protest against the brutality of the police forces. They need to say very clearly, ” said Carson. “And of course, now that it has been brought to the attention of the country, I don’t know if this should continue. “
Following the death of George Floyd, a Black man whose neck was trapped by the police officer of Minneapolis Derek Chauvin for nearly nine minutes while he was not armed and said he could not breathe, the nation has seen massive protests against racism and police brutality.
The athletes have also discussed the practice of kneeling when the national anthem started in 2016 by the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, to protest against the police brutality and racial injustice. Trump has made derogatory comments at a rally in 2017, about NFL players who kneel during the hymn, which has resulted in a kneeling generalized this season.
The NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, said earlier this month that the league was wrong ‘not to have listened to the players of the NFL earlier” and has encouraged the players to ” express themselves and protest peacefully “. The american football has also repealed a rule prohibiting kneeling during the anthem that has been put in place in 2017.
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A number of republican lawmakers have joined Trump to condemn this practice, including the representative of the Florida Matt Gaetz, who tweeted (Retweeted later by Trump), ” I would prefer that the United States does not have a football team rather than a football team which will represent not the national anthem. “
The secretary to the press from the White House, Kayleigh McEnany, said last week during a press conference that Trump was ” very against kneeling in general “, but it will not say whether it is currently thought that the players should be sacked for this.
“Our beautiful american flag should be respected and anyone who thinks otherwise is simply un-AMERICAN!” campaign, Trump wrote in an e-mail fund-raising to the supporters on 6 June with the subject ” NO KNEELING! ”
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