Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney took aim Monday morning at NFL players protesting police brutality by kneeling during the pre-game national anthem.
“A sporting event is not the place for politics,” Varney declared in his opener (one wonders what the anchor thinks of John Carlos and Tommie Smith).
“And it is certainly not the place to disrespect our flag and the anthem,” the naturalized American continued, before reading a tweet from President Donald Trump that claimed the “issue of kneeling is not about race.”
“I think he’s right,” Varney said. “How many millions of people just want to watch football and intensely annoyed when the left turns a game into a divisive show of disrespect?”
And then, Varney adopted the frequently deployed argument that NFL players should just be grateful for what they have, phrasing the point…curiously:
“The players are biting hand that feeds them,” he said. “They are hurting the sport that feeds them.”
Varney did then break with Trump, however, claiming that “the president was wrong to use inflammatory language,” when he referred to a player taking the knee as a “son of a bitch” in a Friday night rally.
Varney’s problem with Trump’s rhetoric? “It turned players into First Amendment martyrs.”
The Fox Business anchor wrapped up his opener by complaining that “everything is political these days,” before launching into his three hour politics talk show.
Watch above, via Fox Business.
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