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Fox & Friends Panel Bemoans the New Yorker For Kaepernick MLK Cover: ‘Atrocious’

A Fox & Friends panel on Tuesday morning took issue with the New Yorker’s latest cover, which depicts civil rights icon Martin Luther King kneeling with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade interviewed a panel of law enforcement commentators about the cover, introducing the segment by noting Kaepernick “led the NFL protest against the national anthem and wore socks depicting cops as pigs.”

“That doesn’t seem to bother New Yorker magazine, who featured the unemployed quarterback as a civil rights hero kneeling alongside Martin Luther King Jr. on their MLK day issue,” Kilmeade sneered.

Darrin Porcher, an NYPD Lieutenant, called the cover “atrocious,” and argued that King “was one that was for racial equality,” which he apparently thinks Kaepernick is not.

“These players need to stand before the anthem,” Porcher declared, before arguing that the cover “is atrocious, it sets an atrocity, and it’s sending a bad precedent for what we’re rolling into in 2018.”

Kilmeade then made the obvious point, noting “Colin Kaepernick took a knee because of the inequitable prosecution of Americans in America” — before adding, “that’s what it’s about: anti-law enforcement.”

“It’s very much anti-law enforcement, Brian,” former investigator Steve Kardian said.

“I believe his message is not one of working towards, but one of hate towards law enforcement,” he added.

Kaepernick started the now-famous NFL protests in 2015, kneeling during the national anthem to protest inequality, racism and police brutality. He has since left the NFL, and after a number of other NFL players echoed his protests at the beginning of this season, a national conversation ensued — with Fox & Friends, and even the president, taking great offense to the method of protest.

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