White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said the American people expect their president to weigh in on pop culture issues and become part of the “culture wars” on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday.
“The president, all these presidents in the 21st century somehow become part of the so called culture wars and larger societal conversation. It’s accepted, but it’s almost expected by many Americans for presidents to weigh in,” she said.
Conway said a majority of Americans support Trump’s stance on the NFL because he is standing up for the flag and the country’s national anthem.
“Many Americans support the president’s position on this because the president is supporting the flag and everything that it stands for,” she said. “This is about the president standing up for the national anthem and the flag and I think more importantly, showing unity across the country for many people who agree with that.”
When asked if the NFL and the White House could come together for a dialogue Conway said the door is always open, but believes the NFL is not interested in a discussion because it would limit their talking points if the issue was resolved.
“This president is always open to speak to any number of people,” Conway said. “Many people don’t want to come here and have the conversation because when you actually sit down to converse about it and discuss it, you’re taking away one of their talking points and one of their major points of grievance.”
Conway said people should be focusing more on unity, and not use their hatred of Trump as a rally point for their agenda.
“There are very few things in our very disparate, very large and growing country that really bind us together. The flag and the national anthem should be among them,” she said. “This should not be seen as a clash of personalities. This is about principles. This is not about politics. This is about what binds us as a nation. We can’t have what binds us as a nation be animus towards Donald Trump by those who get a megaphone every single day.”