Former White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon commented on Wednesday evening about NFL players who have been sitting or kneeling rather than standing during the playing of the National Anthem before games. On Sunday, numerous football players opted to kneel in apparent protest against recent statements made by President Donald Trump. The custom started, however, in 2016 during the Obama administration when San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick began the practice of kneeling during the anthem, ostensibly in protest of police shootings of black people
Bannon, who has returned to work at Breitbart News, told Fox News show host Sean Hannity, "Take a knee - at night. Every night. And, thank God in heaven that President Donald J. Trump is president of the United States." Bannon said, "He has saved this country so much grief. He has done such a tremendous job," he said.
In his first cable interview since leaving White House service, Bannon, a retired naval officer, side with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in deeming as inappropriate any disrespect shown to the national banner.
Bannon also said it is establishment Republicans who are bankrolling incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) instead of Judge Roy Moore in a runoff that will be decided on Tuesday. He claimed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and others have raised $30 million to "destroy" Moore. He added that Trump's supporters, including Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage support Moore. "The elites hold me in contempt. I wear their contempt as a badge of honor," Bannon said.
Trump has endorsed Luther Strange, however.
According to several polls that were averaged by Real Clear Poitics, Moore was leading in voter intention as of Monday by 11 points.