April Ryan, the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, tried to make last week’s league-wide NFL protest of the national anthem about race while characterizing the issue as a battle between President Trump and the NFL.
…but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is just too quick on her feet.
“What does the president say when you look at history and see how people love this country but wanted to challenge the system to make it better?” Ryan asked Sanders at Thursday’s press briefing.
The president’s spokeswoman was easily up to the challenge, flipping Ryan’s crafted narrative on its head faster than you can say Al Sharpton.
“I think if we’re going to look at history, we should look at the thousands of Americans who have given their life to protect that flag, to protect that anthem,” Sanders replied. “We should be celebrating those people.”
She explained to Ryan that the White House would always stand for the celebration of the American flag.
“Just to clarify on that—” Ryan said.
“I don’t think there’s much to clarify,” Sanders interjected. “It’s pretty black and white.”
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