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Kellyanne Conway Wants NFL Players to Stand For Anthem: ‘It’s Not a Hard Ask’

During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, White House aide Kellyanne Conway spoke out about the National Football League’s kneeling controversy.

Conway has been a strong supporter of President Trump and was the first woman to successfully run a presidential campaign.

She agreed with the president that players should stand in respect for the anthem, but said they have great opportunities to change their communities using their platform in other ways.

“The president made very clear that he believes it’s not a big ask to have people stand for the flag during the national anthem at football games and elsewhere — and that separately if these professional athletes want to go back into their communities or anywhere that they want, where they have considerable platforms and in most cases, then they should go and make their voices heard there,” said Conway.

President Trump did not hide his disapproval of the protests and has continued to tweet his opinion on the subject. After some players chose to kneel during the first few games of the season, the president responded:

Although many professional athletes have said President Trump is racist and divisive, Conway said that his actions speak for themselves.

“We have to look at President Trump’s record with respect to men and woman of color,” said Conway. “The record-low unemployment rate among African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and others is remarkable. … The prison reform initiative that Jared Kushner and President Trump have put forth is meant to help all people of all races, but we know disproportionately that many of our prisons those are African-Americans that are languishing in these prisons.”

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The NFL recently released a statement that they are postponing penalties for kneeling during the anthem in order to find alternatives to the locker room rule.

“The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans,” the NFL statement said. “While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem.”

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