Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., Said " Hannity " Monday that he "agrees " with HBO HBO Bill Maher that there should be a national anthem played before NFL games.
"I would never have thought I would agree with Bill Maher but I actually do " said Donalds, adding that there is "only 'one national anthem that all Americans stand up to and sing about, especially when someone does it in a fantastic way. "
Donalds said as a child at the school he used to sing the black national anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing, " and that matters to many blacks in the country.
The congressman Florida has it allFormerly stated that the black national anthem should not be used as "other " national anthem.
"If the NFL wants it to do it at halftime or other time , that's fine, but there should be a national anthem without a doubt, ”said Donalds.
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Maher lambasted the NFL f or playing two national anthems at the launch game of Thursday night's season between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys.
He continued: "I sawLast night at the football game Alicia Keys sang 'Lift Every Voice and Sing ' which I now hear is called the Black National Anthem. Now maybe we should get rid of our national anthem, but I think we should have a national anthem. I think when you go down a road where you have two different national anthems, the colleges sometimes now have ... a lot of them have different graduation ceremonies for black and white, separate dorms - that's do I mean! Segregation! You have reversed the idea. We're coming back to this under a different name. "
The HBO host went to criticize the University of Oregon for having lower graduation standards for " people of color ". Panelist George Will agreed w With Maher 's sentiment, calling it the' soft fanaticism of low expectations', while other panelist Christina Bellantoni was more sySympathetic with the adjusted standards for minorities, telling Maher that it is "important to understand" why these discussions are taking place.
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Donalds praised "Lift Every Voice " but rejected the way it was used for politics.
"What I did Not like it is that it is now being used, unfortunately, in this political means of social media to bring
Fox News ' Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.