Donald Trump Responds to Backlash Surrounding His NFL Comments

Backlash from US athletes after Trump says NFL players should be fired for disrespecting anthem

"They were fighting for our national anthem", Trump said.

"The use of the term SOB is beneath - should be beneath the depths of the president of the United States", Lewis added. But no true patriot sets out to deepen divisions across the nation as Trump is doing. As Obama said, the toughest tests come when it's hard, not easy. With the exception of one player, the Pittsburgh Steelers didnt even take the field until the anthem was over”.

President Donald Trump is indulging in his favorite kind of drama - personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making. "America is seeing nearly as much cultural conflict as it did in the late 1960s".

So U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had the law on his side when he said of the protesting football players, "They can do free speech on their own time". Over time, other sports began adopting the practice. According to sources the game pulled in an 11.6 / 20, a season worst for Sunday Night Football. Uh, Mr. President. That was against you, not for you. He fully supports Kaepernick's right to kneel, and that of those who have followed. He started his morning praising fans who booed the Dallas Cowboys after they collectively took a knee last night (rising again when the anthem was played).

Underneath the splintering violence of the NFL is an underpinning of discipline and intelligence.

What we need now is numbers.

There were exceptions, of course - players observed the anthem after 9/11, and during Super Bowl games. He said players had a "right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner they feel is most impactful".

"During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking". Or maybe he's just creating an "Are you not entertained!" circus-maximus spectacle by bull-baiting a wealthy league that is easy to resent by cash-strapped, job-insecure fans.

"It makes me upset because you don't want to see people disrespecting what it stands for", he said. Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis also took a knee during the anthem.”.

As NFL criticism rolled in, Trump supporters argued the president was not targeting African-Americans, but simply expressing patriotism.

Under Armour Inc. and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA issued statements that affirmed NFL players' rights to kneel during the pre-game national anthem, while also sounding patriotic notes and affirming their support of the flag. President Trump said. "For a week, that owner would be the most popular person in the country".

Christopher Johnson, who has run the Jets since Trump tapped his brother, Woody, to be ambassador to Britain, also issued a statement supportive of the players but not directly critical of Trump.

For one thing, there are now too many of them.

In Chicago, Trump's feud was the main topic of conversation at the South Loop Club sports bar. "As normal Americans in increasing numbers try more desperately to escape a politics of brutal stupidity, the more aggressively the political world must assault those institutions", Stirewalt writes. "Their business is going to hell".

"Part of what makes this country special is that we respect people's rights to have a different opinion and to make different decisions about how they want to express their concerns", he said.

"I have a nice relationship with them".

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