During an audience Q&A segment, a woman asked Kelly for her thoughts on the controversy — to which the host replied by emphasizing her love for the First Amendment:
“I think, in a way, this whole situation underscores some of the beauty of our country, because those players have every right to take a knee. And those who object to it have every right to say they object… The bedrock of the First Amendment is the answer to speech we do not like is not less speech. It’s more speech. So, I just sort of think, Go USA.”
Kelly made these comments as President Donald Trump continues his crusade against the NFL for allowing players to protest during the pregame national anthem — even going so far as to say the league should make a rule barring athletes from the practice.
While Kelly claims she is “not a political animal” and her new show is being billed as a “politics-free zone,” with questions like this, it’s clear that the long-time Washington reporter will not be able to escape her media past so easily.
Watch the clip above, via NBC.
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