During the opening monologue of his show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson ripped into the “pampered millionaires” protesting the national anthem at NFL games and called out what he saw as an elite attack on national symbols.
Carlson maintained that while NFL players had a First Amendment right to protest the national anthem, he and others still had the right to criticize them for doing so. If the players were really concerned about police brutality, Carlson argued, they should run for office or “try to make the country better” instead of taking the “easier” path of following “demagogues” and attack America.
Part of Carlson's monologue on Monday detailed how NFL players spent the preceding days protesting the national anthem after President Donald Trump criticized the practice of doing just that.
Carlson suggested that the players' actions were particularly egregious because they disrespected a country that gave them so much.
“Now, the sight of pampered millionaires giving the rhetorical finger to the country that made them rich is obviously disgusting,” Carlson said.
It was dangerous, Carlson suggested, for those kinds of protests to occur at football games in particular because games were one of the few places left where Americans could eschew political disagreements and bond over a shared interest.
“Now, even the country's final nonpartisan refuge has been invaded by politics,” Carlson lamented.
Love for country, Carlson said, was the “only glue” that bound Americans together but was in danger due to the players' protests.
“When our elites attack our national symbols as if they're worthless and loathsome,” Carlson added, “something important — something monumental has changed here. If the people who've benefited most from America despise it, where does that leave the rest of us?”
Watch Carlson's monologue below, via Fox News.