Pelosi on SF Giants Manager Kneeling During National Anthem: ‘God Bless Him’

By Melanie Arter | July 23, 2020 | 2:58pm EDT
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( – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she’s “so proud” that San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler joined some members of his team in kneeling during the National Anthem this week.

At the end of her weekly press conference, Pelosi was asked: "What do you think about some of the Giants kneeling." 

“What do I think of them kneeling? What do I think of the Giants kneeling? I’m so proud of Gabe Kapler, our new general manager who knelt with them. God bless him,” she said.

As previously reported, Major League Baseball proudly posted a video Monday night of Giants players kneeling during the National Anthem.

“Members of the @SFGiants Kneel During the National Anthem. #BlackLivesMatter,” the MLB tweeted.

Kapler knelt alongside the players on Monday during an exhibition game and again on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump responded by tweeting, "Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!"

Kapler responded by saying, “My response is I don't see it as disrespect at all.''

He added: "I see nothing more American than standing up for what you believe in. I see nothing more patriotic than peaceful protests when things are frustrating and upsetting.” 

"There's nobody that should make us stop doing the right thing. It doesn't matter what leader says that they're not going to be following a game. What matters the most is that we're unwavering in trying to do what's right,"Kapler said. "What guides our decision is standing up for people who need us to stand up for them.''

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