Clinton on NFL players who kneel: 'That's not against our anthem or our flag'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida The Hill's Campaign Report: Presidential polls tighten weeks out from Election Day More than 50 Latino faith leaders endorse Biden MORE is defending NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, saying they’re not protesting the anthem or the flag.

Clinton said in London on Sunday that President Trump’s attacks against the players is an example of the “very clear dog-whistles” to his base, Fox News reported.


“Actually, kneeling is a reverent position,” Clinton said. “It was to demonstrate in a peaceful way against racism and injustice in our criminal system.”

She added that the protests are “not against our anthem or our flag.”

NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest racial injustice. He filed a grievance against the NFL Sunday, claiming owners had colluded together to stop him from playing in the league.

Trump began attacking NFL players who kneel during the anthem last month, referring to them as “sons of bitches” and calling for team owners to fire any players who take part in the demonstrations.

Trump also said fans should walk out of games when players kneel. Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Ginsburg lies in repose Buttigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Trump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes MORE walked out of a Indianapolis Colts game earlier this month after several San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the anthem.

Clinton also called on Democrats to push back against Trump, calling it a “grave error” for the party to back away from battles with his administration.