Dem lawmaker: Black Americans shouldn't go to White House until Trump apologizes for NFL attacks

Dem lawmaker: Black Americans shouldn't go to White House until Trump apologizes for NFL attacks
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Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenTlaib blasts arrests of pro-impeachment protesters on Capitol Hill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Deadline approaches for 2020 Dems Dems warn of 'constitutional crisis' but wary of impeachment MORE (D-Texas) is calling on African-Americans to avoid visiting the White House until President Trump apologizes for attacking NFL players who protest during the national anthem.

“Every black person ought to give some serious consideration, if you get an invitation, as to whether you will go to the White House until he either retracts that statement or does something else to atone, because this requires atonement,” Green said in an appearance on SiriusXM radio’s “Joe Madison Show,” as first reported by CNN.


Last week, Trump called on NFL owners to fire any "son of a bitch" players who take a knee during the national anthem.

He doubled down this week, saying the league should institute a new rule mandating that players stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner."

"The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations," Trump tweeted Tuesday. "The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!"

Green said Trump’s comments were “a new level of indecency.”

“You know that in our community, there are certain lines you don't cross. You don't talk about a man's mother in that fashion,” Green said. “There are consequences when you do that. There are consequences."

The Texas Democrat called Trump’s comments “unconscionable” and said “every black person in this country ought to be up in arms about what he said.”

Green said Tuesday he will move to force a House vote to impeach Trump next week after his comments.

Dozens of NFL players took a knee during the anthem in the games following Trump’s attacks, and several team owners joined their players on the field in a show of solidarity.

But Trump has continued his comments, saying Wednesday the NFL must change or its “business is going to go to hell."