On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump after comments he made on Friday during a rally suggesting that the NFL should fire any “son of a b***h” who kneels during the national anthem.

Sanders said that it was “absolutely appropriate” for Trump to attack the protests and the players who were kneeling in the way that he did because he was standing up for the country and the national anthem.

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“This isn’t about the president being against anyone, this is about the president and millions of Americans being for something,” Sanders said. “I think it’s always appropriate of the president of the United States to defend our flag, to defend our national anthem and to defend the men and women who died to defend them.”

The debate about protests during the national anthem has been pushed to the forefront of the national conversation as more and more athletes protest at football and baseball games alike. The anthem protests gained notoriety recently after Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem and other players joined him in protest of discrimination and police brutality in the United States.