Hillary Clinton has returned to media headlines as she is now backing an 11-year-old who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at her school.
Instead of standing, Fox News reports 11-year-old Mariana Taylor knelt – adopting the gesture from continued National Anthem protests in the NFL – while her fellow students recited the patriotic pledge.
The former Democrat presidential candidate, who was defeated by President Trump in 2016, said the Maryland sixth-grader had “courage” for exercising her “right to protest injustice.”
She encouraged the kid in a tweet and called the kneeling “good work.”
“It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana,” Clinton tweeted.
It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana. https://t.co/vnGheuWyJ0
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 15, 2018
From Fox News:
The Washington Post reported in May that Taylor, a student at Catonsville Middle School, is a “sixth-grader with strong beliefs about racial injustice, sexism, gay rights and President Trump’s proposed wall at the Mexico border.”
According to the Post, Taylor says she was reprimanded by her teacher, leading to the involvement of her parents as well as the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. However, her school has said she wasn’t punished for her actions.
“We know of no [Baltimore County Public Schools] student who has been reprimanded or punished for nonparticipation in patriotic observances,” the school said in a statement. “We fully support students’ rights and encourage student voice as articulated in board policy.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 16, 2018
Here’s how some people responded to Clinton’s endorsement:
“The student reportedly has strong beliefs about radical injustice, sexism, gay rights, and President Trump’s proposed wall at the Mexico border.”
AKA the parents of the 11-year-old have brainwashed her. https://t.co/vFRvUZQ0yz
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 16, 2018
It’s an injustice when Hillary just won’t accept that she lost. She should be wanting to work with President @realDonaldTrump to better American Healthcare, along with so many other key issues. Instead of not backing the President. But will do anything possible to make him fail.
— Tye Smith (@TyeLeeSmith) August 16, 2018
From the person who’s referred to groups as super predators, deplorables and taco benders.
— Pablo Nariz (@NarizPablo) August 16, 2018
Probably more to the story. I’m sure her parents encouraged her to do this.
— Ryan🗽 (@Droog_Army) August 16, 2018
This is why Hillary is not president, and Trump is.
— Clare (@Clarej111) August 16, 2018
Thank God @HillaryClinton is NOT and will NEVER BE president of the United States!!!!!!!!
— LunaShine (@theyseeUtrollin) August 16, 2018
Surprised she did not call this kid a superpredator. And lets not forget mass incarceration under hubby.
— Eddie Lat (@SpokenVoice) August 16, 2018
Can you expect anything different from her. She’ll do anything to try to stay relevant
— Kenneth Lehmann (@KennethLehman15) August 16, 2018
Are we sure that this isn’t just parental or educational brainwashing. 11 year olds just don’t “take a knee” because they’re principled,, but do when coached by teachers and parents. If that’s the case I’m just sorry for the little girl and those that would control her mind.
— jeff bodine (@jeffbodine49) August 16, 2018
— S.L.I.P. (@SLIPUSA) August 16, 2018
When Hillary praises you…. You have done something very, very wrong. Remember that.
— restaurant_Food (@Restaurant_Food) August 16, 2018