Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) says that National Football League (NFL) players should remain standing for the national anthem.
“I think every man, woman, child should stand for the national anthem,” he said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “That should go without question.”
Scott added that Americans should reflect upon what inspires NFL players to kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“We should ask ourselves the question: Why are they kneeling?’” asked Scott, the Senate’s only black Republican.
“If we were able to reinforce the fact that we all should stand and delve into the challenges that have some players kneeling, we’ll be in a better place as a country.”
Some Twitter users on Wednesday criticized Scott’s remarks, while echoed the South Carolina senator’s sentiments.
National debate is raging over the phenomenon of NFL figures kneeling during the national anthem to protest America’s racial injustice.
President Trump ignited controversy during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama last Friday by urging NFL owners to fire players who perform the gesture.
Scores of NFL coaches, executives and players responded to Trump’s remarks by engaging in the demonstrations during last weekend’s football games.
Trump on Tuesday denied he is “preoccupied” with the trend before reiterating he finds the practice “disgraceful.”
“I don’t think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our national anthem,” he said in Washington, D.C. “To me, the NFL is a very important situation.”
“I’ve heard that before about, ‘Was I preoccupied?’ Not at all, not all,” Trump continued. “I have plenty of time on my hands.”
“All I do is work. And to be honest with you that’s an important part of working, it’s called respect of our country.”
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, sparking the move’s popularity in the league.
Critics argue that the maneuver is unpatriotic, while supporters charge that it is a vital example of free speech instead.
We asked veterans how they really feel about the NFL anthem protests.