LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham said Monday that 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton proved “once again why she was not fit for the presidency” when she defended the football players who protest during the national anthem.
Clinton made headlines when she came to the defense of National Football League players who followed in former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s footsteps by protesting against racial injustice by kneeling while the national anthem is played before games. During an appearance in London on Sunday to promote her book “What Happened,” Clinton said that Democrats should “resist” what are very clear “dog-whistles” to President Donald Trump’s base.
“Actually, kneeling is a reverent position,” she said, adding that the protests are “not against our anthem or our flag.”
“It was to demonstrate in a peaceful way against racism and injustice in our criminal system,” Clinton continued.
But in an interview Monday on “Fox & Friends,” Ingraham blasted Clinton, saying she was once again “on the wrong side of an issue” that many Americans feel passionately about.
“Stand up, fight back, resist. Hillary Clinton proving once again why she was not fit for the presidency,” Ingraham said. “She is always — if there’s a choice, she will always go on the wrong side of an issue. Maybe if this had nothing to do with Trump, she would say something different.”
The president reignited the anthem kneeling controversy during a rally in Alabama in September when he said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now. He is fired.'”
After Trump’s comments, many more NFL players knelt in protest or stood while linking their arms, while ratings plummeted and Americans expressed their disapproval.
“Hillary defeated herself. She cannot, she cannot deviate from identity politics,” Ingraham said. “She has no solutions for economic prosperity for this country. Her foreign policy ideas were way off the mark. And she wanted open borders, she wanted to continue the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
“All the stuff that Hillary Clinton was for, the voters rejected,” Ingraham continued. “And she, again — she keeps proving it. Every day she’s out there she makes me more glad that we elected Donald J. Trump. I can tell you that right now.”
Ingraham also addressed Kaepernick — who remains unsigned — and his decision Sunday to file a grievance against NFL team owners of collusion against hiring him. Kaepernick and his attorney, Mark Geragos, alleged that the owners “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”
“Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr. Kaepernick to file his grievance,” Geragos also said in his statement. “Colin Kaepernick’s goal has always been, and remains, to simply be treated fairly by the league he performed at the highest level for and to return to the football playing field.”
“If Colin Kaepernick wanted to kick off this big protest as he did last year, then, OK — he did it. And now we see the results for the NFL,” Ingraham said. “A lot of other people followed in his footsteps and they decided to kneel, protest, take their, you know, protest to the field. And it didn’t work out well for them.”
“If [Kaepernick] wants to protest, God bless him, go ahead and protest on his own time,” she added. “It’s been a disaster for the NFL, this protest mentality. Play the game, play it as best as you can, and merit should be the ultimate linchpin here — not anything else.”
LifeZette’s editor-in-chief also blasted Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who said he’ll plead guilty Monday to deserting his post, for blaming part of his predicament on Trump’s campaign statements calling Bergdahl a “traitor.”
“We may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs that got what they wanted,” Bergdahl said, predicting that he wouldn’t receive a fair trial because of Trump. “The people who want to hang me, you’re never going to convince those people.”
“So now we have Hillary blaming the Russians, we have Bergdahl blaming Trump, and we have Kaepernick blaming the owners colluding. Is there a pattern here of all these people? No one wants to take responsibility for their own actions,” Ingraham said. “But, they’re all blaming other people. You’re responsible for your own actions.”