Lawmakers, others divided on NFL protests
A weekend of protests spilled over to prime-time Monday night when the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals continued the silent protest against President Donald Trump’s statement over the weekend -- that those who kneel during the national anthem should be fired.
“We don't agree at all with what the president said and we just wanted to show that we weren't going to be divided by that,” said Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Trump weighed in later that night, tweeting the boos he heard in response to the players' actions were the loudest he’s ever heard.
In Washington, lawmakers are weighing in as well.
"There are some who have criticized these athletes as unpatriotic -- but their actions are uniquely American," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).
“The National Anthem, our flag and the people who defend it and represent it -- that should be celebrated everywhere and always,” said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI).
When it comes to what others think the protest is about, opinions vary on and off Capitol Hill.
“I think that the players are being disrespectful,” said Melissa Knudsen, a Utah resident visiting Washington.
“I think they are trying to look for equality and there’s a lot of question about how the laws are enforced against minorities,” said Washington resident Phil Bartz.
One Tuscon, Arizona police officer's YouTube video on the subject has drawn national attention.
“If you feel that the American flag represents negativity and slavery and all this other stuff, then you have to give credit and credence that have given you an opportunity to go from corn fields and picking cotton to being the president of the United States,” said Brandon Tatum in the video.
What started with a single player and a quiet protest has sparked a revolution of sorts; but it seems some are wondering what the resolution will be.