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Arian Foster STUMPS Tomi Lahren during Fox News interview about kneeling during National Anthem

Conservative talking head Tomi Lahren had a contentious recent interview with former NFL running back Arian Foster about athletes who kneel in protest during the National Anthem

Conservative talking head Tomi Lahren is rarely at a loss for words, but the Fox News firebrand appeared to struggle countering the talking points of former NFL running back Arian Foster during a recent interview about athletes who kneel in protest during the National Anthem.

Foster agreed to appear on the latest episode of Lahren’s Fox News web show ‘No Interruption,’ after she appeared on his new podcast ‘Now What?’ 

Lahren questioned Foster, a retired All-Pro running back, about Colin Kaepernick’s now-infamous symbolic gesture, which Kaepernick started exercising during the 2016 NFL pre-season after a string of high-profile police shootings of black men across America.

Foster, who played seven seasons with the Houston Texans before ending his career with the Miami Dolphins in 2017, was one of several players who joined Kaepernick in kneeling during the anthem to protest racism and police brutality.

Foster, who played seven seasons with the Houston Texans before ending his career with the Miami Dolphins in 2017, was one of several players who joined Kaepernick in kneeling during the anthem to protest racism and police brutality

On the latest episode of her Fox News web show ‘ No Interruption ,’ Lahren questioned Foster, a retired All-Pro running back, about Colin Kaepernick’s now-infamous symbolic gesture, which the Kaepernick started exercising during the 2016 NFL pre-season after a string of high-profile police shootings of black men across America

On the latest episode of her Fox News web show ' No Interruption ,' Lahren questioned Foster, a retired All-Pro running back, about Colin Kaepernick's now-infamous symbolic gesture, which the Kaepernick started exercising during the 2016 NFL pre-season after a string of high-profile police shootings of black men across America

On the latest episode of her Fox News web show ‘ No Interruption ,’ Lahren questioned Foster, a retired All-Pro running back, about Colin Kaepernick’s now-infamous symbolic gesture, which the Kaepernick started exercising during the 2016 NFL pre-season after a string of high-profile police shootings of black men across America

During the interview, Foster praised Lahren for being vocally pro-choice, which he said is consistent with her conservative values, but took issue with her and other conservatives’ stance on the kneeling protests, which he characterized as ‘logically inconsistent.’ 

‘I have never said that Colin Kaepernick or you don’t have the right to kneel. You absolutely do. I will stick up and stand up for that right all day long,’ Lahren told Foster during their exchange. ‘Now the NFL has a right to say, “We’re you’re employer and you’re not doing that during your work time,” so I believe in that as well.’

‘Which is ridiculous as well,’ Foster responded.

‘Well I mean it’s an employer,’ replied Lahren, ‘So if my employer says, “Tomi you can’t do this or you can’t do that,” I mean it’s an employer.’

Colin Kaepernick's started kneeling during the natioanl anthem during the 2016 NFL pre-season after a string of high-profile police shootings of black men across America

Colin Kaepernick’s started kneeling during the natioanl anthem during the 2016 NFL pre-season after a string of high-profile police shootings of black men across America

‘It’s a logically inconsistent stance on their part,’ Foster said. 

‘If you want to say, “Don’t make political statements on the field,” then don’t have the military fly over at the beginning or don’t have a deal with them that the Department of (Defense), that has millions of dollars, advertising the military. It’s a logically inconsistent stance.’

‘That might be,’ Lahren conceded, ‘but as your employer they get to make that.’

Sure,’ Foster replied. ‘I can appreciate your stance on abortion because it’s logically consistent with being a conservative. That’s my issue with people who take issue with the protest is it’s not logically consistent and the NFL, they’re emotionally driven. They’re reactionary and not proactive.’

Lahren and Foster also discussed Donald Trump calling NFL players sons of bitches and why Lahren has trouble getting progressives to discuss politics with her on her show.

Foster told Lahren her remarks often 'hurt people' and criticized her for 'inciting' and triggering rhetoric, saying some of her viewers may not understand how to cope with things she says

Foster told Lahren her remarks often ‘hurt people’ and criticized her for ‘inciting’ and triggering rhetoric, saying some of her viewers may not understand how to cope with things she says

‘I understand where they’re coming from,’ Foster said of Lahren’s critics. ‘They’re coming from a place of frustration. Right now you’re very civil. You’re very diplomatic and your tone is very nice and kind. That’s not how you’re marketed from your network or yourself. That’s not the picture in which people perceive you.’

Foster went on to constructively criticize Lahren for knowingly or unknowingly ‘inciting’ people with her rhetoric.

‘You’ve been very selective about the language you use and the language you use hurts people,’ he said. ‘The language you use, it can incite, I don’t want to say violence because I know that’s a trigger word, but it can incite emotions and triggers in people that may not understand how to cope with those things. It’ll fuel their irrationality, OK? And so, why people don’t want to sit across from you is because you’re the antithesis of what they stand for.’

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