Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino ripped actor Jesse Williams for saying that the National Football League's playing the national anthem before games is a "scam."
The "Grey's Anatomy" star said on MSNBC Live, that saying, "we need to stand and pledge for the allegiance and this anthem thing is a scam. This is not a part of football. [The pregame national anthem] was invented in 2009 from the government [by] paying the NFL to market military recruitment — to get more people to fight wars to die.
"This is not — nothing to do with the NFL or the American pastime or tradition. This is to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people . . . They're marketing and pumping millions of dollars into the NFL to get us to put on a pageant in front of the NFL football games to get you to go off and fight."
On "Fox & Friends," Bongino attacked Williams, asking, "what planet does this clown live on?"
"Is this joker serious that this is some kind of a scam? You know what's a scam? Hollywood continuing to take our money while they crap all over Americans who give their hard-earned money to watch these people entertain us, and then turn around the very next day and call us all deplorables, idiots, and they make fun of us all the time."
"We really don't care about your opinion, Jesse," Bongino continued. "Clam up, and go entertain us for a living."
Bongino, who's unsuccessfully run for congress several times, added that it's a "disgrace" that so many players participated in the protests this past Sunday, telling players to "show some respect."
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