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Tonight on The Kelly File, Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Pete Hegseth clashed with attorney Eric Guster over Colin Kaepernick's racially-motivated protest of the National Anthem.

Hegseth said the country should try to "see past race," but Guster said that's not possible for a black man.

"When you are a black man you can't see past race because people are seeing you as a threat," he said from Birmingham, Alabama.

Hegseth acknowledged he couldn't put himself in Guster's shoes but reminded that 53 years ago Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, in which he expressed hopes that his children would "not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

"And the more we emphasize the color of skin and emphasize racial differences we get further away from that dream. Why are we talking more and more about what separates us as opposed to the equal jsutice we should appeal to? Martin Luther King appealed to our founding premise when searching for equality."

He said that Kaepernick, meanwhile, "demeaned" the country by sitting "on his pathetic butt on the sidelines rather than saluting a flag which many died to preserve."

Guster said that soldiers gave their lives so that Kaepernick could exercise his right to protest, to which Hegseth replied, "Just because he has the right doesn't make it right."

Watch the segment above.

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