Miss America Contestant Emili McPhail Backs NFL Players Kneeling: ‘It’s Absolutely About Police Brutality’
Miss Virginia Emili McPhail was asked NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem.
The question came about during the preliminary competition in the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Sept. 6.
McPhail correctly stated the kneeling was in response to police brutality:
Kneeling during the national anthem is absolutely a right that you have to stand up for what you believe in, and to make the right decision that’s right for you. It’s very important that we also have to take into consideration that it is not about kneeling: It is absolutely about police brutality.
After advancing in the semi-finals, McPhail was asked by reporters if she was worried about alienating people who feel differently, and replied:
I said standing up for what you believe in is the most important thing that you can do, and that’s what I did. I was very happy to have that moment to be honest, because it’s not always easy.
President Donald Trump, numerous Fox News personalities, evangelist Franklin Graham and other conservatives have repeatedly and falsely claimed that the NFL players are intentionally disrespecting the flag, the country and the military.
(Source: The Press of Atlantic City, Photo Credit: Instagram)