U.S. Rep. Beto O & Rourke, D-El Paso, will be appearing on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show", announced the organizer of the program on Tuesday.
"See you on September 5 @BetoORourke," DeGeneres said in a Twitter post .
DeGeneres said she hopes to meet the Senate hopefully after seeing a video by the media company NowThis, in which O'Rourke explains why he supports National Football League players against the national anthem is protesting. 19659002] O & Rourke, who challenges US Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he does not kneel disrespectfully during the national anthem.
"Peaceful, non-violent protests, including a knee in a football game, to point out that black men, unarmed black teenagers, unarmed and black unarmed children are killed in scary ways, including by law enforcement officials, without accountability and without justice, "said O & Rourke in part. "And this problem, hard as it is, will not be remedied, and frankly it's frustrating with people like myself and those in positions of public trust and power who could not solve that or brought justice for what And to keep it from happening in that country, and peacefully, peacefully, as the eyes of this country watch these games, they take a knee to focus our attention and focus on this issue to ensure That's why they do it, and I can not imagine anything more American than getting up peacefully or taking a knee for your rights anytime, anywhere, anywhere. "
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"Whoever believed that we had problems, whether you stand during the national anthem or not," Retired Marine Sgt. Tim Lee says in recordings of him at an event.
"Tim Lee, a Texan, served in Vietnam and on March 8, 1971, he joined a land mine," says the narrator.
"I made this country two legs," Lee continues. "I can not stand, but I expect you to stand for me when this national anthem is played."
"In November, where will you stand?" Says the narrator.
O & Rourke told reporters on Monday, he appreciates different opinions on the subject.
"I'm grateful for those who pay attention to the things we need to change," he said. "I'm grateful for those coming to a different conclusion on the subject and expressing their first amendment that they wish the NFL players would do so in other ways, but by nature it's all American, or "We can ultimately have this debate, this discussion, and dialogue, and improve things by listening to each other and working together and seeing someone as no less American for his views or the way he expresses them."
President Donald The Federal Chancellery has repeatedly tackled the issue and demanded that football players be suspended or dismissed for protesting against the anthem escalated the problem during a rally on September 22, 2017 in Huntsville, Alabama, by using profanity.
"Would not you like to see one of these NFL owners if someone flouts our flag to say," Get the son of a bitch out of the field right now, he's fired, he's fired, "Trump said ,
Vice President Mike Pence, more than a year after the anthem protests began, left a game dated October 8, 2017 between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers after members of the 49ers had knelt the anthem played. Members of the Colts weeks ago had knelt during the anthem.
"I have left today's Colts game because President Trump and I will not honor any event that disregards our soldiers, our flag or our national anthem," said Pence, a former Indiana governor, according to NPR.
Trump later said he asked Pence to leave the game when a player knelt.
Additional coverage by Ken Herman, an American statesman.