At Monday's briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is asked about President Trump's remarks about NFL players kneeling for the national anthem and the flag.
REPORTER: Sarah, when the -- when Colin Kaepernick says that his protest is about fighting police brutality, fighting racial disparity, racial injustice, you're not taking him at his word. You're saying the focus has long since moved on. But when white supremacists say that their protest is about heritage, not hate, the president does take them at their word.
So why is there this disparity about who gets to decide what protest is about?
SANDERS: 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.
Later she was asked to clarify:
REPORTER: Sarah, can you just clarify the -- were you saying that -- are you encouraging NFL players to protest police...
SANDERS: No. No. That's not what I'm saying.
I was, kind of, pointing out the hypocrisy of the fact that, if the goal is, and the message is that of that police brutality, which they've stated, then that doesn't seem very appropriate to protest the American flag. I'm not sure how those two things would be combined.
Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.#StandForOurAnthem🇺🇸— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017