CNN’s Berman to Kellyanne Conway: Is it ‘Unpatriotic’ For Trump Not to Sing ‘God Bless America’?
CNN’s John Berman clashed with Kellyanne Conway today over President Trump disinviting the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House yesterday. This led to a broader discussion about whether Trump is bullying around athletes who kneel during the anthem by smearing them as unpatriotic.
Berman started things off by asking why the White House is slamming the Super Bowl champs for “abandoning their fans” by declining their invitations to appear at the White House. He also noted that despite the accusations from Trumpworld, no members of the Eagles knelt during the national anthem last year, even though they have expressed sympathy for colleagues who wished to protest racial injustice.
Conway argued that the NFL set down their new anthem policy on their own, and that Trump is simply establishing his position on showing respect to the country. Berman countered by noting that Trump says it’s “unpatriotic” for players to stay in the locker room during the anthem, and Conway accused him of putting words in POTUS’s mouth that “don’t describe accurately the state of mind.”
As Conway insisted that the Trump Administration is open-minded to different political views, Berman noted that Trump repeatedly bashes anthem-kneelers and telling them what they can and can’t do with their free speech. He also noted the point in yesterday’s ceremony where Trump seemed to bumble his way through a rendition of God Bless America.
“This is the issue of who gets to decide what is patriotic,” Berman said. “He’s deciding what he thinks is patriotic, and there are people who looked at him yesterday not singing along with God Bless America and that may seem trite, but there are others who say ‘maybe it’s not patriotic enough if you don’t sing all the words to God Bless America.'”
Conway snapped back at Berman by calling his point a load of “snark and bark” from CNN.
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