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Beto O'Rourke's defense of anthem protests draws support from LeBron James
Beto O'Rourke's defense of anthem protests draws support from LeBron James
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This Politician's Defense of NFL Players Who Protest During the Anthem Has Gone Viral

Texas State Senator candidate Beto O'Rourke summed up protests during anthems perfectly

Beto O'Rourke, a Democratic congressman from El Paso, Texas, has become a national figure after comments he made about NFL players kneeling during the anthem went viral.

O'Rourke, who is running for state senator against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, made his comments during a town hall.

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O'Rourke was asked how he felt about players like Colin Kaepernickkneeling during the anthem. O'Rourke said he supported the movement, stressing the fact that African Americans have a long history of peacefully protesting. At one point he compared the sacrifices of veterans to the sacrifices of civil rights activists.

O'Rourkeput it succinctly when he said, of peaceful protests, "I can think of nothing more American."

NowThis released the video of the moment on Tuesday, August 21st:

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The video has gone viral. It has been viewed over sevenmillion times on Twitter and gathered almost 170,000 retweets. As the video has spread, a number of prominent athletesretweeted and showed support for O'Rourke and the video.

This includes LeBron James who called the video "A Must Watch:"

Also showing support is legendaryNFL quarterback Kurt Warner, NBA coach Steve Kerr, and ex-NFL coach Tony Dungy.

Source: NowThisisNews