NFL legend Jim Brown reiterated his praise of President Donald Trump and doubled down on NFL anthem protests.
The NFL Hall of Famer and activist, who openly declared his support for Trump in 2020, believes every American has a responsibility to bear and should not be looking to the president to solve the nation’s problems. He addressed the black community in particular in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday.
“The black community – and I’m a part of the black community – has a responsibility regardless of what the president does. And if you have a homicide rate within your black community, it is not the president that’s created that homicide rate, it’s the black community itself that needs to address it,” the 82-year-old told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade
“So I don’t want to just put everything on him. And I’m sorry to say that the black community is not doing what we should do, and that includes myself. I can work harder, I can donate more money, I can go more places. But we have to be able to, as citizens, bring something that the president can join forces with and triple the effectiveness of it,” he said.
Kilmeade asked Brown directly if, after having known Trump before and after becoming president, he considers him to be a racist.
“Of course not. You know, is America racist? Of course not,” Brown replied. “The mass oppression, the advancement of black people in this country is based upon white people who risked their lives just to do the right thing to make the playing field equal and balanced.”
A champion of civil rights during his playing career, Brown doubled down on his comments about never kneeling during the national anthem and his respect for the flag.
“We should never denigrate our flag and our national anthem,” Brown said. “We should always be Americans first and we should work our butts off to make it a better country. But to not respect your flag and your national anthem is something that I would never do.”
Brown was met with some backlash after declaring his support for Trump’s re-election bid, but he was already expecting it.
“I should be criticizing Trump on every level because he does certain things that call for criticism, but when I look at television I see all these announcers become experts and they’re pointing the fingers and they’re not doing a doggone thing but pointing their fingers, I find myself really pulling for the president,” Brown said on JT The Brick radio show last week.
“Now, that would make me very unpopular in the black community, very unpopular with a lot of Americans … ” he added, “but I think that there are certain good things that are coming out of this presidency because we’ve never seen anything like it.”
The president thanked Brown, who met with him at Trump Tower in 2016, for his support in a tweet on Monday.
Thank you to the great @JimBrownNFL32, perhaps the greatest running back of all time, for your wonderful words and support. Since our meeting in New York, African-American UNEMPLOYMENT has reached the LOWEST LEVEL IN HISTORY. You get it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
But it was a picture with a famous Trump supporter that sent a lot of leftists into a frenzied denial:
loved meeting with Jim Brown yesterday pic.twitter.com/P7Eo6Tl6MP
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) August 26, 2018
Knowing the West and Brown won’t back down, all many could do was focus on facial espressions to deny what was happening right in front of them:
It sure don’t look like it pic.twitter.com/084Wy8vFKz
— Daniel Pelaez (@prettyflackodan) August 28, 2018
— Boredom’s bestfriend. (@LelsWest) August 26, 2018
tell that to your body language and your face
— d a e • k (@daeclan) August 26, 2018
that face you make when your so impressed lmfao
— Timothy cullimore (@Timothycullimo1) August 26, 2018
Candace Owens was also on hand to cheer on Brown’s remarks:
NFL LEGEND JIM BROWN BACKS TRUMP FOR 2020!
LET’S GOOOOOOO BLACK AMERICAAA!!!!
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) August 23, 2018
Jim Brown is catching a lot of flack from the “black community” aka the celebrities and pundits whose primary job is virtue signaling. I know about Jim’s Amer-I-Can project. He helped a lot of people in the real black community, not the one in white spaces.
— Curtis Scoon (@CurtisScoon) August 24, 2018
Proud of Jim Brown! Like Kanye and others, he has the courage to help change America for the better!
— Flag Flying Patriot (@IndeCardio) August 28, 2018
Good man, and a true Patriot.
— Antonio Sabáto Jr ?? (@AntonioSabatoJr) August 25, 2018
First Tiger, now Jim. Liberal heads exploding.
— madcow251 (@madcow251) August 28, 2018
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