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A man who identified himself canadian goose jacket as a veteran from a family of veterans told the congressman that he is deeply offended when football players take a knee as the “Star Spangled Banner” is played before each game. He asked if O’Rourke agreed.

“My short answer is no, I don’t think it’s disrespectful,” the El Paso Democrat replied. “Reasonable people can disagree on this issue let’s begin there. And it makes them no less American for them to come down on a different conclusion.”

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The crowd applauded and cheered. Video of the exchange has been watched online more than 13 million times, mostly in the last few days.

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At a campaign stop last week in Corpus Christi, Cruz took his rival to task, winning cheers from a crowd of about 500 for a different take on the issue.

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Just as Trump has seized on the football players’ actions to stir passions with his base, Republicans in Texas are trying to use O’Rourke’s stance against him. On Thursday, Texas GOP chairman James Dickey asserted that the congressman “rejects American values.”

“Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke’s perception of what is ‘American’ is utterly flawed,” he said in a statement. “Comments like his are a slap in the face to every man canada goose and woman who has ever served our nation and put their lives on the line to defend American values.”

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“You’re proud of our country, you’re proud of our history, and unlike the NFL, you always honor and cherish our great American flag.”

Trump also used the platform to criticize ESPN for announcing “that rather than defending our anthem, our beautiful, beautiful national anthem, and defending our flag, they’ve decided they just won’t broadcast when they play the national anthem. And we canada goose black friday sale don’t like that.”

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And he said, the Cowboys would require players to “stand during the anthem, toe on the line” and wouldn’t let them stay in the locker room to avoid being seen doing so.

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