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Ellen DeGeneres says she wants to meet Beto O’Rourke after defense of NFL player protests goes viral

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Comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres said she wants to meet with Texas Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, following a viral video of him defending NFL players who protest during the national anthem.

“I would like to meet you,” DeGeneres said in a tweet on Tuesday, tagging the Texas Democrat. 

DeGeneres’s tweet also includes the now-viral video of O’Rourke saying he “can think of nothing more American,” in reference to national anthem protests, which he explained are intended to bring attention to African-Americans who are “being killed at a frightening level right now, including by members of law enforcement, without accountability and without justice.”

{mosads}O’Rourke’s remarks came in response to a question he was asked at a recent town hall event, inquiring whether he found the national anthem protests disrespectful.

“This problem — as grave as it is — is not going to fix itself,” O’Rourke continues in the video. “And they’re frustrated, frankly, with people like me and those in positions of public trust and power, who have been unable to resolve this or bring justice for what has been done and to stop it from continuing to happen in this country.” 

The video gained traction after O’Rourke’s Republican opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), attacked him for his comments.

“When Beto O’Rourke says he can’t think of anything more American (than players taking a knee), well I got to tell you, I can,” Cruz said during a campaign stop in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The video, which was shared on Twitter by NowThis News, has garnered more than 13 million views.

DeGeneres often has celebrities and figures featured in viral videos make guest appearances on her daytime talk show.

O’Rourke has not yet publicly confirmed whether he plans to appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

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