United States Senator John McCain, who has been the Arizona state senator since 1987, was asked by a TMZ reporter what he thought about what the Dallas Cowboys did at University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday night.
His first thought, as everyone’s should be, was about how they performed in the game. And he didn’t mince words.
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“That’s their right to do what they want as citizens,” McCain says.
McCain’s comments on this issue fly in the face of Donald Trump’s recent call for the NFL to create a rule that bans players from kneeling during the national anthem. This is far from the first time McCain and Trump have been at odds. Trump found himself in hot water when he disparaged McCain’s military service on the campaign trail before he was president, and McCain’s opposition to the Republican health care bill continues to be a thorn in Trump’s side.
On Monday night, the entire Dallas Cowboys team, including owner Jerry Jones, took a knee before the playing of the national anthem. This display was widely received as a positive development in the midst of much divisive rhetoric.
The Cowboys then went on to defeat McCain’s Arizona Cardinals by a score of 28-17. In the video, McCain says he has “always hated” the Cowboys.