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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday defended President Donald Trump’s criticism of NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
Sanders said Trump’s comments “shouldn’t be about the NFL against the president. This should be about our country coming together.”
When reporter April Ryan asked her to clarify a point, Sanders disputed her follow-up.
“I don’t think there’s much to clarify, it’s pretty black and white,” Sanders said.
Her comments immediately gained traction on social media.
LOL at @SarahHuckabee for saying the NFL issue is "pretty black and white" and not even getting the irony of her own words.
— Sarah Colonna (@sarahcolonna) September 28, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is right on this point. It is "black and white." White lives matter to Trump. Black lives don't. https://t.co/ehrmpxpsZs
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 28, 2017
"It's pretty black and white." – Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Trump's attack on NFL players' free speech.
— Karen DaltonBeninato (@kbeninato) September 28, 2017
During a rally in Alabama on Friday, Trump called for owners to fire players who protested during the national anthem. Trump’s comments sparked backlash from players and owners, many of whom spoke out against the president and protested during games on Sunday.
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