Show host Tucker Carlson denounced NFL team members who opted to kneel or sit during the playing of the National Anthem before games on Sunday and Monday. Speaking on Monday evening, Carlson said the  the “pampered millionaires” are “disgusting.”

The voluble Carlson said on the evening Fox News broadcast, “In Washington, D.C. last night, virtually every player on the Raiders sat in protest as a military Army guard carried an American flag onto the field. Now, the sight of pampered millionaires giving the rhetorical finger to the country that made them rich is obviously disgusting, so it was no surprise that in stadiums across America fans booed when they saw this.”

Tucker noted how leftists demand free speech of liberal athletes but are intolerant of free speech claimed by conservatives. “Free speech lectures are a little hard to take from the very people who routinely shut down the political speech of their opponents,” Carlson said.

Later on the program, Carlson added, “When our elites attack our national symbols as if they are worthless and loathesome, something important, something monumental has changed here. If the people who benefited most from America despise it — and increasingly they do — where does that leave the rest of us?”

President Donald Trump has criticized the NFL and team owners who have allowed players to make political statements by taking to their knees during the National Anthem, sparking numerous replies from his opponents. On Monday, Trump issued a tweet that called on the NFL to issue a rule to prohibit kneeling during the National Anthem.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.