President Donald Trump praised NFL owners for banning sideline protests of racism and police brutality — and suggested players who kneel should be removed from the country.
The president spoke one-on-one with “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade during an interview that aired Wednesday morning that mostly focused on immigration and border security, but Trump said owners had not gone far enough by allowing players to remain in the locker room during the national anthem.
“I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms, but still I think it’s good — you have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there,” Trump said.
He went even further, and suggested that citizenship was conditional.
“Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country,” Trump said. “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, and the NFL owners have done the right thing, if that’s what they’ve done.”
Trump used similar language during the interview when he defended his description of immigrants who may be MS-13 gang members as “animals.”
“These are vicious killers and they shouldn’t be allowed into the country,” he told Kilmeade.
"You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem. You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe they shouldn't be in the country…the NFL owners did the right thing" -President @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/bt36t4EX5u
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 24, 2018
‘What the hell is going on?’ NYC mayor blasted by comptroller for NYPD violence against protesters
The mayor of New York City was blasted by the city's comptroller for the NYPD's violent response to anti-police violence protesters.
Comptroller Scott Stringer blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio after video emerged of NYPD officers beating protesters with batons.
"What the hell is going on?" Stringer asked.
"You can’t criticize the Minneapolis Police in the morning and not hold your own accountable in the evening," he argued.
‘They offered him no humanity’: Floyd family attorney rips Minneapolis for adding ‘insult to injury’
On Friday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Ben Crump, the attorney for the family of George Floyd, expressed his outrage at how local officials are handling the case — and demanded harsher prosecution of the officers responsible.
"The family does not trust the Minneapolis Police Department or anybody affiliated with the Minneapolis Police Department, Anderson," said Crump. "Remember the first report that came out, they gave so much false information in that report, talking about George was resisting. George was threatening, saying that he died of a medical condition. Never once mentioning the fact that this officer had his knee on his neck, not just for one minute, two minutes, three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, six minutes, seven minutes but for eight minutes ... people need to understand, the last eight minutes of his life he was struggling to breathe, telling them I couldn't breathe, and they offered him no humanity."
Cops fire bean bag rounds into crowd as police response to Atlanta protests escalates
Protesters in cities across America took to the streets on Friday to protest police brutality following the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.
In Atlanta, protesters defaced CNN's logo and broke windows at the company's headquarters.
Things escalated further as police began firing bean bag rounds from atop armored vehicles.
Here are other scenes from the protest: