Actor Jesse Williams says the NFL's pregame national anthem is a "scam" designed to convince "boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people."
"This is not a part of football. This was invented in 2009 from the government, paying the NFL to market military recruitment, to get more people to go off and fight wars to die," Williams said on "MSNBC Live" over the weekend.
On "Fox & Friends," Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and NYPD officer, said this is an example of a pseudo-intellectual Hollywood actor living in a bubble.
"What planet does this clown live on?" Bongino said. "Is this joker serious that this is some kind of a scam? You know what's a scam? Hollywood continuing to take our money while they crap all over Americans who give their hard-earned money to watch these people entertain us, and then turn around the very next day and call us all deplorables, idiots, and they make fun of us all the time."
He said actors like Williams should stick to entertaining people, not sharing their thoughts on politics.
"We really don't care about your opinion, Jesse," Bongino said. "Clam up, and go entertain us for a living."
He added that it's a "disgrace" that dozens of NFL players took part in national anthem protests on Sunday.
He said they have the right to free speech, but they don't have the right to be idiots.
"Show some respect," he said.
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