Hillary Pokes Head Back In The Limelight To Support Kid Who Knelt During Pledge Of Allegiance

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.

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.”

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