White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was grilled Monday over President Donald Trump’s assertion that NFL players should be “fired” for protesting during the national anthem. She brilliantly brought the protest back to where it began by suggesting that athletes should protest “officers on the field that are protecting them instead of the American flag.” Of course, this was a rhetorical answer because she certainly wouldn’t want that to happen. Do you see what she did there? She called the left out on their effort to make this about more than what it was to begin with.

Sanders was asked about the president saying the protests had nothing to do with race, as a reporter highlighted that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick “took to his knees in these games, many of these games, specifically because he said black people in this country were not being treated fairly by police.”

“How is that not an issue of race?” the reporter asked.

Sanders responded, “I think the focus has long since changed and certainly the message in a lot of what has been communicated over these last several weeks through this process, through these protests by these players.”

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A separate reporter followed up by tying Trump’s remarks about the NFL players to his response to the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia last month. Trump has said that there were some “very fine” people protesting at the rally who were simply trying to prevent the removal of Confederate monuments.

“But when white supremacists say their message is about heritage and not hate, the president does take them at their word,” the reporter said. “So why is there this disparity about who gets to decide what protest is about?”

Sanders replied, “I think if this is the debate is really for them about police brutality, they should probably protest the officers on the field that are protecting them instead of the American flag.”



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