(They are fundamentally mischaracterized as being against the anthem.) One commentator even said that Black people are free from the worry of "being shot in the head for taking a knee", but as Noah pointed out, that's the reason they're protesting in the first place.
Colbert shared one of Trump's tweets from Monday that said, "The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race".
Trump on Friday called for NFL teams to fire players who kneeled during the national anthem, and continued his attacks over the weekend as athletes and teams fired back.
"Wrong", Colbert declared. "Kneeling during the national anthem has everything to do with race - just like your presidency". He quoted JFK in saying that trying to silence peaceful revolutionaries paves way to violence and all Americans have a right to peaceful protest. While some of his supporters might agree, the comments have drawn Trump a lot of criticism.
Noah summarized the news by saying he didn't know "if Trump is racist". "There should be a flag on that play, and I'm going to say a Confederate flag".
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Noah found that there's basically no right time for Black people to protest, according to critics.
Stephen Colbert opened his monologue by also revisiting Trump's Alabama speech. "You can not protest if you're black". Thankfully no late night shows were on hiatus - because across the board hosts really took him to task!
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National Basketball Association star LeBron James called Trump "a bum" and said that visiting the White House was an honor before Trump took office.