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Wisconsin Rep. Pocan takes knee on House floor in solidarity with NFL players

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Posted at 1:33 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 14:33:45-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, took a knee Tuesday on the House floor in solidarity with National Football League players protesting during the national anthem.

“President Trump spent his weekend doing one of his favorite things -- attacking Americans and various groups on his favorite medium, Twitter,” Pocan said. “His most recent attack -- NFL players who use their constitutional right to freedom of speech to protest, but they're not the only ones and the only group being attacked.”

Pocan said taking a knee may have started as a protest about racial inequality, but now it is becoming a broader sign of patriotism and respect for our country.

“Mr. President, while you tweet, you're so busy tweeting about the NFL, you attack a black man for nonviolence more severely than white supremacists for violence,” Pocan said. “It respects the lives lost for those in this country to fight for its ideals, which includes nonviolent protests. It's a sign of love of country, a country with a promise that has to be for everyone regardless of the color of their skin.”

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