White House Defends Olympic Athlete Who Betrayed America

White House Defends Olympic Athlete Who Betrayed America

(ConservativeInsider.org) – The Olympics are an incredible time where countries all over the world set aside everything that divides us in order to compete and push the physical limits of humanity. Yet, for one Olympic-hopeful, receiving her bronze medal at the Olympic trials was not a time to celebrate, but a time to turn her back, quite literally, on America.

On Saturday, June 26, hammer thrower Gwen Berry was standing on the podium with her bronze medal when the national anthem began to play as it does every evening at the Olympic trials. Rather than standing respectfully for the anthem, however, Berry turned away from the flag and draped a black shirt with the words “activist athlete” emblazoned on it over her head.

Understandably, Conservatives have called Berry out on her intense disrespect for our nation at a time where she should have honored it. However, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki came to Berry’s defense, calling her stunt a peaceful protest and noting that we need to recognize “there are moments where we as a country haven’t lived up to our highest ideals.”

Psaki’s full statements can be seen here:

Barry thankfully has the right to peacefully protest in our nation, but she must realize there’s a right time to protest and a right time to show respect for the nation she’s privileged to represent. This last stunt showed she clearly does not understand the difference.

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