Dem. candidate Beto O’Rourke says ‘nothing more American’ than protesting the national anthem

Dem. candidate Beto O’Rourke says ‘nothing more American’ than protesting the national anthem
Beto O'Rourke (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – If he tried hard, he could come up with at least one other example.]

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate challenging Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, was featured in a viral video posted to Twitter on Tuesday giving an answer at a town hall defending NFL players who kneel during the national anthem before games. Since Tuesday, the video, published by progressive news aggregator NowThis News and credited to Nivien Saleh for the footage, has received over 180,000 retweets and over 380,000 in the days since it was posted.

“Non-violently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching these games, they take a knee to bring our attention and our focus to this problem to ensure that we fix it,” O’Rourke said, referring to players who protest police brutality against unarmed African-Americans, a trend started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016. “I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, anytime, anywhere, or any place,” O’Rourke continued.

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