Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly slammed NFL protesters with just six simple words on Wednesday — and it was powerful.
Echoing President Donald Trump’s opinion, O’Reilly explained in a recent interview with radio host Wayne Allyn Root that each NFL team should perform a mandatory reform of their roster.
O’Reilly suggested that the league needs to “wise up” to establish strict guidelines regarding players protesting and there should be penalties in place if a player does not follow those policies.
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The league announced new guidelines that would require players to stand for the anthem or remain in their locker rooms — but in July, the league and players decided to put that policy on hold.
“The NFL has to wise up and say, ‘You … want to kneel, you can stay in the locker room. If you come out of the locker room, we’ll fine you $10,000 at the first offense, and at the second offense we suspend you,’” O’Reilly said.
And O’Reilly outlined his proposed policy in six simple words: “Don’t like it? Go to Canada.”
The former Fox News star even applauded police officers that have spoken out against these anthem kneelers. He said, “These players are kneeling for a fallacious reason, so I’m happy the police are fighting back.”
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“The police are the target of many of these kneeling protests, and the narrative put forward by some players is that American police officers actively hunt down young black men,” O’Reilly said. “Those of us who understand statistics and know criminal justice know that is not true.”
Fans of the NFL pay hundreds — and sometimes even thousands — of dollars to attend the games of their favorite teams.
These demonstrations against the flag distract from the game that fans have come to enjoy.
As Trump wrote on Twitter on August 10, “A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!”
I think most Americans would agree with O’Reilly that these anthem kneelers should move to Canada if they want to keep disrespecting America’s flag.
Watch O’Reilly’s interview below —
–Kylie Handler is a news editor for The Horn News