After Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate race, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) congratulated “Doug Moore” for winning the special election. Aside from the mixed-up names, she also tied the Democratic victory to the national anthem protests by ending the tweet with “ikneel.”
Kneeling is the preferred way to protest the national anthem, as the protests were started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Lee deleted the original tweet, and she sent one congratulating Doug Jones for winning. She still ended the tweet with “ikneel.”
Alabama. Thank you Alabamians and Doug Jones. Good has prevailed and our
country is on the way to a new day #ikneel
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) December 13, 2017
Lee has taken a knee on the House floor in support of NFL players protesting the anthem.
“I kneel in honor of the First Amendment. I kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom. I kneel because I'm going to stand against racism,” she said. “I kneel because I will stand with those young men, and I'll stand with our soldiers, and I'll stand with America, because I kneel.”