Sarah Sanders Snaps After CNN's April Ryan Educates Her on Origin of NFL Anthem Protests: ‘I Let You Rudely Interrupt’

CNN’s April Ryan on Tuesday confronted Sarah Huckabee Sanders over Donald Trump’s mangled interpretation of NFL players kneeling, prompting the White House press secretary to lecture Ryan on her decorum in the press briefing room.


“Is the president aware it's not about disrespecting the flag?” Ryan asked. “I's an underlying issue. There are black and brown soldiers that fight in the military as well who feel that taking a knee, bringing an attention to police-involved shootings, is something that this White House should deal with. Is the president aware that taking the knee is about police-involved shootings?”

“The president has made his position crystal clear and that it's about—” Huckabee Sanders replied, as Ryan protested. “I let you rudely interrupt me and your colleague. I'm going to ask that you allow me to finish my answer. I would be happy to answer it if you would stop talking long enough to let me do that.”

“The president has made his position crystal clear on this topic,” Huckabee Sanders repeated. “He feels strongly that standing for our national anthem is something that we should do, something that matters to what makes our country special and unique and what sets us apart. He's not going to waiver on that. He's not going to apologize for it. And, frankly, more than 70 percent of Americans agree with him on that matter. If you go back to what the original intent was, this has been made a political argument of which the president is not going to back down from and he's been clear on it.”

As Sanders tried to move on, Ryan continued to hammer the press secretary.

“April, I've addressed your question, I'm not going to continue to engage with you,” she said.

"Will the president deal with the issue of police-involved shootings?" Ryan asked.

"I'm going to deal with the issue of addressing your colleage's question," Huckabee Sanders snarked.

Watch the exchange below:

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