OAKLAND (KRON) — Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf responded to President Trump’s call for the NFL to suspend Marshawn Lynch for not standing for the National Anthem.
Mayor Schaaf joined KRON4 News Monday and shared her thoughts on the “ridiculous tweet from the president.”
“Marshawn lynch has a right to express his views and we as Americans should celebrate that right that we have,” the Mayor told KRON4’s Vicki Liviakis.
Lynch sat during most of the U.S. anthem and stood for the Mexican anthem before Sunday’s game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
The Raiders running back hasn’t stood for the national anthem since returning from retirement this season.
Trump tweeted early Monday: “Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”
“I believe this man is the bully in chief,” Mayor Schaaf said. “He picks on people. He picks on people who have traditionally been abused and disadvantaged and we as Americans have got to stand up to that and say not here, stop it.”
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) November 20, 2017
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