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Trump / NFL Anthem Protests / Bennett Interview / James / A Discussion (Part I) #1116355

CNN Evening News for Monday, Sep 25, 2017
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) President Trump's current focus on NFL players "taking a knee" to protest racial injustice started by player Colin Kaepernick last year introduced.. [Twice, September 23, in Alabama, TRUMP - suggests the NFL owners get "the son of a bitch" off the field: he's fired. Fired."; refers to "those people."] Trump tweet on the NFL quoted. [White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SANDERS - says he is being FOR honoring our flag.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; White House: Jim Acosta) The defense of Trump's attacks on NFL players, who are mostly African-American & whether he is fighting a cultural war against these athletes, the reaction of White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly to Trump's stance, how his comments at speeches are premeditated, whether it is to stoke racial divide discussed; Trump tweet quoted. [SANDERS - denies the president is talking about race.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) What black football player Michael BennEtt said about his treatment by police in Las Vegas recalled. [Today, BENNETT - reacts to what Trump said on Friday using the "b" word, how the NFL came together yesterday, how we just want to change our community & raise the issue of inequality & police brutality every single weekend, how player Alejandro Villanueva stood up for what he believes in, about what happened to him with the police in Las Vegas, his message to President Trump.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) What basketball player LeBron James said about Trump introduced. [JAMES - says Trump is using the sport platform to try to divide us while sports can do so much for all.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Bakari Sellers & Paris Dennard about Trump, the NFL & race. [SELLERS - offers views on how this is not about disrespecting the flag, rather the freedom to protest about inequality & police brutality in communities of color; explains how protest is messy & the military fights for our freedoms; agrees the Alabama speech was about riling up the white base; defends the right to protest on the issue of race.] [DENNARD - offers views on how this is a protest against President Trump, a miscarriage of justice to focus on whether Trump is a racist, the NFL standards as part of the private sector, how he does not see Trump as racist--that he was riling up the base; defends the rights to keep up Confederate monuments.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Acosta, Jim

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