Fox News anchor Shepard Smith commented on US President Donald Trump digging himself further into a crusade against acts of protest in the NFL on Monday.
Smith said Trump is trying to reshape the demonstration some athletes have participated in — kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racism — as disrespect for the US, its troops, and its flag.
“It’s very clear that for his base, this is the red meat of all red meat, because they’re able to reframe this,” Smith said. “They’re able to say, ‘oh, they’re attacking the national anthem. They’re attacking the troops, they’re attacking the flag’ — none of which they’re doing. They’re not doing any of that,” he said.
“They’re upset about racial injustice in the country, and they’re upset about the things the president has said, and yet he’s able to turn it around for his base.”
Watch Shepard’s comments below:
Fox's Shep Smith: It's being framed as players attacking the anthem, troops, & the flag….that's not what they're doing and we're complicit pic.twitter.com/Ia31dz5Zka
— Media Matters (@mmfa) September 25, 2017
Trump turned his attention toward the kneeling demonstration on Friday while delivering remarks during a political rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama, who faces a primary runoff vote on Tuesday. Trump carried on about the protests through the weekend and all day Monday.
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