DES MOINES, IA (KCCI/CNN) - Iowa’s governor on Monday said it is disrespectful for professional athletes not to stand during the national anthem.
"While I respect the First Amendment, I just think it is so disrespectful to the men and women who have served (in the military). I would just encourage them to get out there do something,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said. “Don't take a knee. Get out there and make a difference. Engage. Go into these cities. Run for office. Support a candidate that you think stands for your beliefs."
She spoke out about the NFL issue during her weekly news conference. She would not comment on whether or not the players should be fired but says it's important to respect the flag.
The governor spoke at Saydel High School where she is encouraging seniors to make sure they apply for FAFSA financial aid for college.
President Donald Trump said on Friday in Alabama that he would like to see an NFL owner fire a player who does not stand during the national anthem. He said that kneeling disrespects the flag.
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