One day after more than 200 NFL players protested by choosing not to stand for the national anthem, Louisiana lawmakers spoke up on the issue.
U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, a Republican from Richland Parish, tweeted that he disagreed with the players' actions on Sunday.
“Our flag is about more than politics; it’s about veterans who risked everything for this country,” Abraham said in a tweet Monday. “Not standing disrespects their sacrifices.”
State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, said in a Facebook post that President Donald Trump should focus his attention on bigger issues, such as the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
"I'm simply amazed at the number of people who are supporting Trump's idiotic statement referencing the NFL players who are protesting by not standing up for the national anthem and the flag that he keeps disrespecting!" Marcelle wrote on Facebook.
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Last Sunday, days before Trump's remarks that NFL owners should fire players that kneel during the national anthem, U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre, released a video saying that he was done watching NFL games.
“If I owned a team, they would not be on my field and they would not wear my uniform,” Higgins said in the video posted to Facebook. “They have the right to disrespect our national anthem, and I have the right to turn off the TV … Unless and until the NFL makes a bold stance against the appalling disrespect of our national anthem, the NFL is dead to me.”
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Last week across the entire NFL, only four players knelt or sat, and two stood with their fists raised.
That protest movement ballooned this week following Trump's weekend rant that began with him calling for NFL protesters to be fired. It continued Saturday with the president rescinding a White House invitation for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who had said they were considering not attending.
By Sunday, it was one of the main topics of conversation on social media and around the country.
On Monday, State Rep. Kenny Havard, R-St. Francisville, said that he wants to cut millions in state tax dollars, exemptions and credits allocated to the New Orleans Saints, the NFL and any associated facilities that receive funding. Ten New Orleans Saints sat on the bench and four more players stood near the group during Sunday’s national anthem before their game against the Panthers.
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State Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, spoke out against Havard’s proposal, saying in an Instagram post that he couldn’t “wait to get my hands on this damn bill!”
“Not surprised we will have this discussion,” James said in the post. “DAMN, I wish we were in session now.”
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