Sessions Doublethinks with a Forked Tongue
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:43pm

Sessions Defends Campus Free Speech And Trump's Criticism Of NFL Player Protests

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended his boss's criticisms of NFL players for kneeling in protest during the national anthem Tuesday, saying President Trump has "free speech rights too."

Sessions defended Trump's controversial remarks as he criticized college speech policies during an address at the Georgetown University Law Center, saying "freedom of thought and speech on the American campus are under attack."

"In this great land," Sessions also said, "the government does not get to tell you what to think or what to say."

But in a question-and-answer session after his remarks, Session said he agrees with Trump, and that "it's a big mistake" for NFL players to protest police brutality against African-Americans by kneeling during the national anthem.

Sessions said there are many ways "these players, with all the assets that they have, can express their political views other than, in effect, denigrating the symbols of our nation," which, he said, has provided them "freedom to speak and to act."

Sessions went on to say the freedom of every individual player is "paramount under the Constitution, is protected and we have to protect it." Sessions then added, "it's not a contradiction."

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