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Mollie Hemingway: Polls Showing Americans Think We're Racist Not A Good Sign For The Republic

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The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway appeared on FOX News' "Outnumbered" on Tuesday and addressed President Trump's tweet criticizing MLB players that kneeled during the National Anthem and polls of Americans thinking the country is racist.

"All elected leaders should be defending our country," Hemingway said. "We are the best country on earth. We are wonderful. We provide more opportunity for people of all races than any other country on earth, and yet you are see polling showing a number of Americans think that we're irredeemably evil and racist. That's not a good sign for the continuation of the republic."

"There are ways to advance social issues that don't involve denigrating the country," she said. "When you denigrate our country, you are denigrating the least racist, most wonderful country on earth."


MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: There are ways to advance social issues that don't involve denigrating the country. And here, denigrating the country is the point. Colin Kaepernick, the man who started this protest, when he started it he said he didn't want to respect a flag for a country like ours. On Independence Day he said our country was racist.

When you denigrate our country, you are denigrating the least racist, most wonderful country on earth, and I know that it's popular with corporations and many people in the media and P.R. firms, but I think a lot of American people wish it were more than just President Trump saying we should have unifying symbols and we should love our country.

HARRIS FAULKNER, FOX NEWS: Do you think this is a place where the president should jump in?

HEMINGWAY: Oh, absolutely. This is something where, again, all elected leaders should be defending our country. We are the best country on earth. We are wonderful. We provide more opportunity for people of all races than any other country on earth, and yet you are see polling showing a number of Americans think that we're irredeemably evil and racist. That's not a good sign for the continuation of the republic. And that's true whether you're a Democrat, Republican, liberal, or conservative.

We are a great country because of our ideals and, again, advancing social change and how you, there are a variety of ways to do that. But defending our country should be the bare minimum we expected our leaders in politics and otherwise.
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