Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a free speech lecture at Georgetown University, where he argued NFL owners had the legal right to ban player protests during the National Anthem.
Sessions was asked by law students to comment on the players, who President Donald Trump has personally attacked as disloyal and unpatriotic, and the attorney general admitted they had not broken any laws.
“The players aren’t subject to any prosecution, but if they take a provocative act, they can expect to be condemned,” Sessions said. “The president had a right to condemn them, and I would condemn their actions, not them as a human being.”
Sessions previously asked during the lecture who got to decide whether unpopular speech should be protected, while condemning campus violence against right-wing groups and white supremacists, but suggested some legal possibilities for professional athletes.
“People have a right to register their opinions, to protest, to criticize in any number of ways,” Sessions said. “I guess it’s up to the owners and the people who create these games and pay for the ballfields to decide what you can do on a ballfield. But the freedom of every individual player is paramount under the Constitution, it’s protected, and we have to protect it. I think that is not a contradiction there.”
Trump’s vendetta against TikTok is a veil for his anti-China and anti-free speech views
Last week, President Donald Trump announced that he was planning on banning TikTok, a video-sharing social networking service owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. Shortly after he said this, the American multinational technology company Microsoft announced that it would attempt to purchase TikTok's US operations arm, although Trump has only given the company until Sept. 15 to pull this off.
Eric Trump predicts his dad will win re-election: ‘The polls are looking great — you see it every day’
One of President Donald Trump's children appeared on Fox News on Thursday to predict that his father would win re-election in November.
"Well listen, I think, um, I think we're looking really good," Eric Trump told Sean Hannity.
"The polls are looking great -- you see it every single day," Trump claimed. "The enthusiasm is tremendous."
"We're going to win," he predicted. "My father is going to win this election."
The prediction was offered the same day that NBC News released their first battleground map, showing Joe Biden on pace to win 334 Electoral College votes, Trump set to win 125 Electoral Votes, with 79 too close to call.
Trump ignores stalled COVID stimulus negotiations — as he starts three-day vacation at golf course
President Donald Trump arrived in New Jersey on Thursday evening to begin a three-day vacation at his Bedminister golf course.
Reporters shouted questions about the stalled stimulus negotiations, but AP White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire reports that Trump ignored the question.
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate adjourned on Thursday, allowing members a three-day weekend.