“Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt walked back comments by her co-host tepidly criticizing President Donald Trump’s attacks on black NFL players.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade clarified up front that he thought it was “outrageous” for players to kneel during the National Anthem, but he questioned Trump’s choice of words.
“He made things immeasurably worse by speaking out,” Kilmeade said. “I know what his intention was, but the language used was just galvanizing the wrong direction.”
Earhardt quickly backpedaled, telling viewers — including, possibly, their most famous fan — that Trump was seen as the voice for many Americans.
“Brian, he is the voice for a lot of people out there,” she said. “A lot of people agree with him and are scared to give their opinions. I’m not saying I agree with what he is saying, I’m just saying there are a handful of people out there, Brian, who feel like he’s their voice.”
Kilmeade asked Earhardt if she believed Trump’s comments were appropriate, and their co-host Steve Doocey stepped in.
“Clearly, what the president did was, and I read this on an op-ed page, President Trump has taken the side of the flag and anthem and provoked millionaire athletes to oppose the symbols of patriotism, like the National Anthem,” Doocey said. “He made it very clear out at the airport, spoke to the White House poolers, said this is not about race, this is about patriotism.”
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