On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at Georgetown University Law Center. Sessions defended President Trump and his recent controversial remarks regarding NFL players who take a knee during the National Anthem.
“The president has free speech rights, too. He sends soldiers out every day to defend this country under the flag of the United States, under the national anthem and the unity those symbols call on us to adhere to, so I agree it is a big mistake to protest in that fashion,” Sessions said.
Sessions continued, adding, “The players aren’t subject to any prosecution, but if they take a provocative act they can be expect to be condemned and the president has the right to condemn them. There are many ways these players, with all the assets they have, can express their political views other than, in effect, denigrating the symbols of our nation, a nation that’s provided our freedom to speak and act.”
Last Friday, Trump made the controversial remarks while speaking at a rally in Alabama.
“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,” the president said to the crowd.
Trump’s comments resulted in protests by players and coaches across the National Football League.