Trump’s Unhinged Feud With NFL Sparks More Controversy In Oval Office

As President Trump tweets out commands to the NFL Commissioner to tell kneeling football players to stand during the national anthem and insists that kneeling is not acceptable, his controversial stance towards American patriotism has dominated the headlines over the week-end and overshadowed the challenging legislative battle he faces later this week trying to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Prone to making controversial statements at rallies and on Twitter, President Trump managed to do both during the past 3 days when he targeted the NFL and NFL owners in a speech delivered at an Alabama rally and later on Twitter, a social media platform where he’s known for becoming unhinged.

President Trump expressed his disgust on Friday night towards NFL owners for not firing players who choose to sit down during the national anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired’ ” Trump said.

President Trump tweeted a heavy handed dose of patriotism on Saturday directed to the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell when he commanded him to tell NFL players to stand.

“Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country. Tell them to stand!” Trump said.

Trump also tweeted, “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect…….our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, a Trump donor and supporter, released a statement on Sunday claiming he’s deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by President Trump on Friday night and supports the right of their players to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness.

“Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful” Kraft said in his statement.

Players from the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans were in the locker room during the national anthem on Sunday and walked out of the stadium tunnel with their hands locked together.

The Seahawks released a statement that states:

“As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continuing to work towards equality and justice for all.”

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John Schweitzer

Here is my first Tweet on my Twitter account which I’ve just recently started using in response to the Trump- NFL controversy.

 

 

 

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