Sen. Tom Cotton Calls for Athlete Who Snubbed Flag to ‘Be Removed from the Olympic Team’


Sen. Tom Cotton joined fellow lawmakers in calling for anthem-protesting Olympic athlete Gwen Berry to be removed from the U.S. team.

“I don’t think it’s too much, when athletes are competing, to wear the stars and stripes — to compete under the stars and stripes in the Olympics — for them to simply honor that flag and our anthem on the medal stand,” the Arkansas Republican told Fox News on Monday.

“If Miss Berry is so embarrassed by America, then there is no reason she needs to compete for our country. She should be removed from the Olympic team.”

Berry placed third in the hammer throw Saturday during the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, and was receiving her bronze medal when the anthem began playing.

While first- and second-place finishers DeAnna Price and Brooke Andersen looked at the flag with their hands on their hearts, Berry turned away and eventually covered her head with a black T-shirt reading “Activist Athlete.”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw also called for her removal from the U.S. Olympic team.

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