On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA), who is a veteran, stated that he doesn’t like seeing people disrespect the flag and isn’t sure kneeling for the National Anthem is the best way to bring the issue of police brutality forward, but that he also swore an oath to defend the Constitution and players have the right to kneel.
Moulton said, “I listen to the players who are kneeling, and they’re saying it’s a conversation about police brutality. The problem is, that it’s been distracted by this conversation about the flag. You know, the players have every right in the world to kneel in protest. That’s a right defended by the Constitution. But I’m not sure it’s the most respectful or best way to bring this issue to light. Because rather than talk about police brutality, all we’re talking about is offending the flag. I’m a veteran, I support the flag. I — it doesn’t make me feel good to see people disrespecting the flag. But I also swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, both as a United States Marine, and as a member of Congress. So, I understand that free speech is protected. But let’s make sure we’re talking about the right things.”
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