Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderMichigan Republicans sue over US House district lines State courts become battlegrounds in redistricting fights New Hampshire Republicans advance map with substantially redrawn districts MORE on Sunday responded to President Trump’s criticism of NFL players who do not stand during the national anthem, saying kneeling “is not without precedent.”
“Taking a knee is not without precedent Mr. President,” Holder tweeted, alongside a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. “Those who dared to protest have helped bring positive change.”
Taking a knee is not without precedent Mr. President. Those who dared to protest have helped bring positive change pic.twitter.com/Ik0t1mHaYl— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) September 24, 2017
Trump has faced backlash in recent days after calling on NFL owners to fire players who kneel during the national anthem.
"Wouldn't you 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,'" Trump said at a rally in Alabama on Friday. "'He is fired.'"
Trump’s comments brought rebukes against Trump from multiple NFL players, the head of the NFL players’ union and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who called Trump’s comments “divisive” and said they showed a “lack of respect for the NFL.”
Several NFL executives have also spoken out against Trump and reaffirmed their players’ rights to peacefully protest.