Hillary Clinton figuratively took a knee Monday night.
The former presidential candidate pledged her support to the hundreds of NFL players who have protested during the national anthem this season while speaking at the University of California, Davis.
“Let’s be clear, those players aren’t protesting the national anthem or the flag,” Clinton said. “They’re protesting racism and injustice, and they have every right to do so!”
The 2016 Democratic nominee received a loud applause after her announcement.
Clinton’s support of anthem protests is a sharp contrast to her counterpart Donald Trump’s stance on the matter. Trump has repeatedly criticized players who protest during the national anthem.
Ironically only hours prior to Clinton’s speech, Trump once again addressed the matter on Twitter, praising Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who announced he would bench any player who kneeled or sat during the anthem.
“A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys,” Trump wrote, “who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag.”Stand for Anthem or sit for game!””
Earlier in her speech Clinton revealed a number of the alleged Russian-linked Twitter accounts that meddled in the presidential election also ‘inflamed’ arguments related to the national anthem protests debate.
“Just a couple of weeks ago, accounts with suspected links to Russia flooded Twitter with posts about NFL players’ peaceful protests,” Clinton said. “The Russians posted on both sides of the debate using hashtags like #StandForOurAnthem or #TakeAKnee to inflame passions and stir up disagreements.”
Clinton also spoke about how we as a country need to stand up against racist, sexist and homophobic rhetoric and not undo the progress we have made in recent years.
“There is a concerted effort to turn back the clock on civil rights and women’s rights and gay rights and religious rights,” Clinton said, “and we cannot let that happen.”
As of late Monday evening, Trump has yet to address Clinton’s comments on Twitter.
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