House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addresses reporters in Washington, June 15, 2017.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi faced questions last week about where she stands, or kneels, in reference to the NFL’s recently announced policy on the national anthem of the protests.
Although it claims on the side of the players, their answers are not good with a lot of political observers.
“They punted,” writes Becket Adams of the Washington examiner, describes Pelosi is the answer to CNN’s Chris Cuomo as a “professional nonanswer.”
Pelosi spoke with Cuomo, as part of a “town hall” broadcast on Thursday. The host began with the description of the policy recently, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced.
THE NFL DOES NOT TAKE A DIRECTIVE, TO TEAMS, WHEN THE PLAYERS AND STAFF STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
“When the national anthem comes up, you have,” Cuomo said. “If you don’t want to stand out, stay in the locker room. If you protest on the field, kneel or in any other way, you will be punished.”
He then asked Pelosi: “Are you OK with this rule by the NFL?”
The California Democrat responded: “I would be more OK, if you have the consultation with the players. I don’t think the players agree to. This is the owner. And by the way, it is the owner, who would be punished,” she said, to audience applause.
“I would be more OK, if you have the consultation with the players. I don’t think the players agree to. This is the owner. And by the way, it is the owner, who would be punished.”
– Nancy Pelosi, the house minority leader
“I love the national anthem. … I’m from Baltimore. This is where it was written, during the war of 1812. So, I’m very possessive. Some people may say, we should be the national anthem. No,” she said, to audience laughter.
She finished by saying she loves only the flag, but also the First Amendment.
But to many on social media and other outlets, the answer seemed wishy-washy at best.
“The Democrats are the worst. Uhg. You either believe that people have the right to voice their opinion, or not,” Hollywood producer Judd Apatow tweeted.
This is Democrats at the worst. Uhg. You either believe that people have the right to Express your opinion or not. Their quiet gesture is meant to make people think of people who murdered and abused. Not someone the right to do that, is irresponsible. https://t.co/cn3ORQ7WgE
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) May 25, 2018
In a Washington Post essay titled “Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to condemn the NFL’s decision shows why the Democrats fight with black millennials,” Eugene Scott, who writes for the Update, questions whether the democratic party to black voters “best interests in mind.”
Scott writes that Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of BlackPAC, said the correction, the rhetoric, as Pelosi explains why, in their view, most of the black in 2016, voted against President Donald Trump, rather than for the democratic party.
“Democrats need to develop, which includes a message that the critical issues of economic security, along with a message, which recognizes the influence of the increase of racism in the country, the deal to younger voters, and the latest solutions on how to plan,” she said. “But any message that does not end up in the enjoyment of these two things fall on deaf ears.”
Meanwhile, Jacob Weindling, writing for Paste magazine, Pelosi defended answer, with the argument that the minority leader must be careful with your words, because they could be used against you.
Nancy Pelosi wavering on the @NFL-national anthem protests was actually a very smart move https://t.co/f2jjoEGWBi pic.twitter.com/XxrpQpgEDm
— Paste Magazine (@Paste Magazine) May 25, 2018
“If Nancy Pelosi had said something like,” It was terrible hurt for the NFL, their employees’ First Amendment rights, and we must all understand that this is not against the military or the national anthem,’ writes that a reasonable clip still appears in every GOP commercial all over the country,” Weindling.
He calls Pelosi ‘ s wavering on the question of “is actually a very smart move.”
“You would play the edited video with sinister overtones, and say something to the effect of, ‘[the Congress candidate] is a Nancy Pelosi liberal who wants to go to, to help Washington make it to the protest easier, the men and women in uniform of this great country.'”
Overall, the investigator Adam writes, it seems the Democratic party leadership might just still have not decided “where to come on the matter.”
Amy Lieu is a news editor and a reporter for Fox News.