The divisive presidential campaign has yet to actually divide many locker rooms, possibly because NFL players realize the pitfalls of discussing and debating such a contentious issue.
“Donald Trump is a divisive name in a locker room,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said Thursday, via Josh Paunil of PhillyMag.com. “A lot of guys will talk politics, but usually not about Trump. Those might get a little heated depending on who you’re talking to. . . . There’s some hardcore Trump fans in this locker room . . . which is fine.”
The presence of Trump fans arises in part from the impact of Republican economic policies on those who are kicking ass economically.
“Usually, in this locker room, everybody’s in the top tax bracket,” Jenkins said. “The Republican Party is usually nice on the pockets. That’s probably the No. 1 reason. But personally, the rest of my family is not in this tax bracket, so I usually tend to vote for the majority of who my loved ones are.”
Jenkins is troubled by his belief that Trump’s campaign reflects a lack of empathy.
“If I were to bring up the reasons that I didn’t like Trump — he says borderline racist things and says crazy things about women — the argument is probably going to be some way to justify it as opposed to understanding the impact that has on a person of color,” Jenkins said.
So maybe it’s good that the presidential campaign hasn’t been a subject of discussion and debate in the Philly locker room. As the election approaches, however, it may be unavoidable. Especially if Trump ultimately wins.