“I kneel because I will stand with those young men,” Sheila Jackson Lee declared on the House floor on Tuesday.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) kneeled on the House floor on Wednesday to show solidarity with the NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem over the weekend.
“We simply ask for the dignity and respect to not call our mothers a son-of-a-B. And if they kneel as I heard a young man who is an NFL player said that he will kneel from now on,” Jackson Lee explained. “The only reason he is doing is because someone had the lack of judgment to provoke the situation and call their mothers a name. I refuse to accept that as a standard of leadership for the highest office in the world.”
Jackson Lee continued by saying: “there is no basis in the First Amendment that says you cannot kneel in the national anthem or in front of the flag.”
“I kneel in honor of them. I kneel in front of the flag and on this floor,” Jackson Lee declared while taking a knee.
“I kneel in honor of the First Amendment. I kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom. I kneel because I’m going to stand against racism. I kneel because I will stand with those young men and I’ll stand with our soldiers. And I’ll stand with America, because I kneel,” Lee concluded.
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