Paul Ryan Rebuffs Trump on NFL: Kneeling During the Anthem is “Within Their Rights”

He just can’t help it.
Speaker Paul Ryan had to distance himself from President Trump again today. Ryan told reporters, “People clearly have the right to express themselves as they see fit.”

 

He then added that in his own view people shouldn’t do it on the anthem.

Paul Ryan always has to make sure he is not seen as too close to President Trump.

A Remington Research Group Poll released on Tuesday found that two-thirds of Americans stand with Trump and National Anthem.

The Hill reported:

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that NFL players who kneel or sit during the national anthem are protected by the First Amendment. But that doesn’t mean he agrees with their actions.

“People are clearly within their rights to express themselves as they see fit,” said Ryan, a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan who likes to remind people he is one of 360,000 shareholders of the NFL’s only publicly held team.

“My own view, though, is we shouldn’t do it on the anthem,” he continued. “Our national anthem, our flag and the people who defend it and represent it — that should be celebrated everywhere and always.”

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