White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded in a fairly defensive technique to a query concerning an American Olympic athlete turning her again on the nationwide anthem on the rostrum whereas receiving a medal.
Fox News’ White House correspondent, Peter Doocy, requested Psaki:
“This weekend, Gwen Berry, who hopes to signify the US as an Olympian on the hammer-throwing occasions received a bronze medal on the trials, and then she turned her again on the flag whereas the anthem performed.”
“Does President Biden think that is appropriate behavior for someone who hopes to represent Team USA?”
Psaki replied to the query saying:
“I haven’t spoken to the President specifically about this, but I know he’s incredibly proud to be an American and has great respect for the anthem and all that it represents, especially for our men and women serving in uniform all around the world.”
“He would also say, of course, that part of that pride in our country means recognizing there are moment where we as a country haven’t lived up to our highest ideals.”
“And, it means respecting the fitting of individuals granted to them within the Constitution to peacefully protest.”
Berry herself beforehand was quoted as saying:
“They said they were going to play it before we walked out, then they played it when we were out there. But I don’t really want to talk about the anthem because that’s not important.”
“The anthem doesn’t speak for me. It never has.”
Berry, a self-described “activist athlete”, was also at the Pan-Am games a little less than two years ago where she raised her fist in defiance while standing at the podium.