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ABC's 'The View' - Season 20

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During Monday’s episode the women of “The View”, touched on the Donald Trump / NFL in their “Hot Topics” segment.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg referred to the President as “bum-in-chief” as she started on her part of the discussion saying, “he sort of went crazy and was in Alabama saying wild stuff.” That’s when the show played the part of Trump’s Alabama speech where he said, ” Wouldn’t love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now’ out, he’s fired. HE’S FIRED!”
Whoopi continued with saying that Trump has already fired up his tweets about the subject saying, “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”

“I say it is about race and it is about respect people,” said Whoopi. “We’ll just give a little prospective why.”
She continues to give some background regarding the African-America race and said, “Folks fought in WWI and WWII came back to America- People of color, ok, I’m talking specifically of color… came back to America and couldn’t vote. Black people didn’t get to vote in the Unite States until 1968.”
“When you see the kind of anger this is at black people and you know some of those folks have gone and fought in Iraq and have had 5 or 6 tours of duties and they come back and they are disrespected. I say, you have to pay attention when somebody is saying I need you respect all of us, not just some of us, but all of us. And America allows us to protest that way.”
The one to speak is Sonny Hostin and she really lays it out when she said, “What is showing to me and of course he is advocating the firing of an employee for exercising his/her constitutional rights. Which is illegal!”
Whoopi said, “Say that again because it is important.”
“You cannot fire someone for exercising their constitutional rights. It’s illegal,” said Sonny. “The anthem protest is not about disrespect to the flag or disrespect to the military or disrespect to the country. Our anthem says, ‘Liberty and Justice for All.’ What Colin Kaepernick was doing was taking the need to highlight the gap between the promises of that anthem the lived experience of African-Americans in this community. That’s what it’s about.”

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