Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress Says Kneeling NFL Players Should Thank God They Haven't Been Shot in the Head

Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas and an adviser to President Donald Trump, said Monday that NFL players kneeling to protest the national anthem should thank God they don't have to worry about being shot in the head "like they would be in North Korea."Jeffress made the comment during an appearance in the Fox & Friends show, where the hosts and guests tend to be friends of the Trump administration.The Monday show dealt with the hot topic this weekend: Trump's rhetorical campaign against NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. The president said football teams should fire the protesters, calling the act of taking the knee "total disrespect."Jeffress -- a member of the president's evangelical advisory group -- agreed with Trump, as he usually does. Unprompted, he drew a connection between the NFL controversy and the maligned country of North Korea, with whom Trump is also locked in a war of words."These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they're not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they're also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking the knee like they would be in North Korea," the pastor said to Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt. "And I think tens of millions of Americans agree with President Trump when he says they ought to be called out for this."Jeffress said there is "a better way to protest social injustice without disrespecting our country," but he didn't elaborate on his suggested method of protest.  Continue reading...

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