Biden Probably Knew an Iranian Attack Would Happen, But Went on Vacation Anyway
Israel Successfully Fends Off Massive Iranian Assault
Rachel Maddow Is Filthy Rich And Morally Bankrupt
The Biden Drone Attack On Israel
'Our Constitution Was Made Only for a Moral and Religious People:' Part One
California Spent Billions to Combat Homelessness, Only to Lose Track of the Money
Republicans Are Missing the Mark on Abortion Messaging
Biden Urges Israel to Stand Down After Iran's Attack
Cori Bush Really Did Just Post This As Israel Was Being Attacked by...
Comparing Trump's Foreign Policy to Joe Biden's, and the Difference Is Alarming
America and Dubai
Setting the Record Straight on Long-Term Care Policy
Nippon Steel Bid to Buy US Steel: Good for US, Good for Japan
US's Happiness Ranking Plummets, but There Are Reasons Christians Should Be Encouraged by...
Texas Holding Universities Accountable on DEI
Tipsheet

Beto O'Rourke on Why Kneeling During the Anthem Is Not Disrespectful

Beto O'Rourke, the man challenging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his Senate seat, was asked at a recent town hall for his thoughts on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

Advertisement

Before O’Rourke answered, he thanked all current and former military men and women for their service.

Then, he offered his short answer: “No, I don’t think it’s disrespectful."

For his longer answer, O’Rourke compared the kneeling players to the heroes of the civil rights movement.

“The freedoms that we have were purchased not just by those in uniform - and they definitely were - but also by those who took their lives into their hands by riding those Greyhound buses, the Freedom Riders in the deep South in the 1960s who knew full well that they would be arrested, and they were, serving time in the Mississippi State Penitentiary," he said. "Rosa Parks getting from the back of the bus to the front of the bus." 

Likewise, taking a knee at a football game, O'Rourke explained, is a way to peacefully point out that "black men, unarmed, black teenagers, unarmed, and black children, unarmed, are being killed at a frightening level right now, including by members of law enforcement, without accountability and without justice.”

Advertisement

Non-violently, the football players hope to bring attention to the issue in the hopes of fixing it.

“I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up or take a knee for your rights anytime, anywhere, anyplace,” O'Rourke concluded. 

Cruz said shame on him.

“When Beto O’Rourke says he can’t think of anything more American (than players taking a knee), well I got to tell you, I can," Cruz said at a campaign stop in Corpus Christi on Saturday.

The U.S. Senate election in Texas is Nov. 6, 2018. New polls suggest a "Beto surge."

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Recommended

Trending on Townhall Videos

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement