Stevie Wonder, NFL players take a knee in protest

"The View" co-hosts discuss the national anthem protests and backlash.
5:06 | 09/25/17

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Before he started to sing, he took a knee for America. As a matter of fact he took two knees for America. He took two knees for America. Yes, he did. That's right. That's his son. That's his son which gets us into this conversation. So over the weekend the bum in chief -- -- Decided he was going to make some noise at the NBA and then also at the NFL and then he sort of went crazy and was in Alabama saying wild stuff. Do you have it ready? Show what he was saying in Alabama. Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a Off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired! That's scarey. That rage in him. He also tweeted this morning the issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It's about respect for our country flag and national anthem. I says about race and it is about respecting people and I will -- I will just give a little perspective of why. You know, folks fought in world War I and World War II and came back to America. People of color -- talking specifically people of color came back to America and couldn't vote. A lot of people didn't get the vote in the United States until 1968. Now when you see some of the things we've seen over the last years of young black men and black women being sort of man handled not just by police, but lots of different Folkins. When you see the anger at black people and you know some of those folks have fought in Iraq and have five or six tours of duties and they come back and are disrespected, I say you have to pay attention when somebody is saying I need you to respect all of us, not just some of us, but all of us. America allows us to protest that way. He's not blocking traffic. He is not hurting anybody. He's not screaming. He's down on one knee. It's a silent protest. What's shocking to me -- of course he's advocating the firing of an employee for exercising his or her sons institutional right which is illegal. Say it again. It's important. You cannot fire someone for exercising their constitutional rights. It's illegal. To hear him say that was appalling. The anthem protest is not disrespect to the flag, the military or our country. Our anthem says liberty and justice for all. What Colin Kaepernick was doing was take a knee to highlight the gap between the promises of that anthem and African Americans in this community. That's what it's about. Nothing more. Couple things I would say. Number one I remember a scene where trump forgot to put his hand on his heart. A couple times his wife had to remind him and she's from slow Veen I can't. Let's not talk about patriotic behavior. The other thing this is about besides being a racist. Say what it really is about. I'll get to that. The first thing I want to say is the way he talked about neo Nazis with some glee they're kind of -- he talked about these people as they're sons of -- I can't say that. It's the rules of ABC, but not the presidency. Then Mueller's investigation is getting so close. We were cyber attacked in 21 states. That's one of the reasons Hillary lost the election. He doesn't like that. Plus, Mueller is starting to breathe down his neck. He's getting close to the oval office and he's scared. That's what he does. He ran his campaign on racial resentment and fear. His politics is one of division. 51% of Americans believe he has divided this country more than he united the country. Keep our eye on the ball. Keep your eye on the ball.

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