Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, said Monday that NFL players kneeling to protest during the national anthem should thank God they don’t have to worry about being shot in the head “like they would be in North Korea.”
Jeffress, an adviser to President Donald Trump, made the comment during an appearance in the Fox & Friends show, where the hosts and guests tend to be friends of the Trump administration.
The show Monday dealt with the hot topic of the weekend: Trump’s rhetorical campaign against NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
The president said football teams should fire the protesters, calling the act of taking a knee “total disrespect.”
Jeffress – a member of the president’s evangelical advisory group – agreed with Trump, as he usually does. Unprompted, he drew a connection between the NFL controversy and North Korea, whose leaders have engaged in a war of words with Trump.
“These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they’re not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they’re also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking the knee like they would be in North Korea,” the pastor said to Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt. “And I think tens of millions of Americans agree with President Trump when he says they ought to be called out for this.”
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