- Fox News
“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade criticized President Donald Trump’s inflammatory remarks over the weekend calling for the firing of NFL stars who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
In a segment on Monday morning, Kilmeade said Trump’s rhetoric and his labeling Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who last year began the protest in the league, a “son of a b—-” were out of line enough that not even Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots who’s a Trump ally, would defend him.
“The president – and I understand his sentiment – made things so much worse, and the language he used was terrible,” Kilmeade said.
“He made things immeasurably worse by speaking out,” he added. “And I know what his intention was, but it was galvanizing in the wrong direction.”
Cohost Ainsley Earhardt said that while she did not necessarily agree with him, Trump was the “voice for a lot of people out there.”
“A lot of people agree with him and are scared to give their opinions,” Earhardt said.
Over the weekend, other opinion-show hosts backed the president.
“Don’t give me this crap that you want to support reform and stand up against social injustice,” Judge Jeanine Pirro said on her Fox News show on Saturday. “Shame on you. Shame on all of you. And shame on you too, Roger Goodell, for not showing you love this country as much as the president does.”
Hosts like Pete Hegseth of “Fox & Friends Weekend” also voiced support for Trump’s disinviting the Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry from the White House. Curry had told reporters he did not want the team to visit.
“He’s a millionaire millennial,” Hegseth said of Curry. “He’s lived a coddled life where he shoots a ball for a living.”
Trump’s remarks sparked widespread condemnation in the NFL. Over 150 players joined protests before Sunday’s games, and several team owners spoke out against Trump’s rhetoric.