Mollineau: Trump ‘Kneel’ Attack Gives His Base Reason to Stand

September 25, 2017
NBC News


But Democratic strategist Rodell Mollineau said he believes that Trump is more interested in stoking racial divisions than defending the flag.

“Let’s be clear. His remarks weren’t about God and country. The president gave a speech George Wallace would be proud of,” Mollineau said of the president’s remarks on Friday. “His remarks were meant to stir up his base and to temporarily distract from the failures of his administration. On those counts, he has succeeded.”

Mollineau added that Trump’s moves could “backfire on him, but only if more white professional athletes start kneeling with their teammates.” That “would be seen as pretty big rebuke to Trump’s racially charged rhetoric,” he said.

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