Trump’s latest comments contradict his initial response to NFL’s anthem rule

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President Trump’s statement on Thursday that the NFL’s new national anthem policy is worse than the previous policy is a direct contradiction of what Trump himself said when the league announced its new policy.

When the league initially explained the new policy — which allows players to stay in the locker room during the national anthem but requires them to stand if they’re on the field — Trump said he supports it.

“I think that’s good,” Trump said on Fox and Friends on May 24. “I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe you shouldn’t be in the country. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem and the NFL owners did the right thing if that’s what they’ve done.”

But yesterday, Trump blasted the NFL and said they made things worse.

“How about the NFL? Look, I don’t want to cause controversy,” Trump said. “They passed this stupid thing, you don’t have to do this anymore. If you don’t respect the flag or if you don’t like the country or whatever it is, just go into the locker room. I think in many respects, that’s worse. Isn’t that worse than not standing? I think that’s worse. So they say, ‘Go into the locker room.’ So OK, the anthem is getting ready to play, they run into the locker room, then they come back out. You know what? It doesn’t play. I actually think in many ways it’s worse.”

There’s little doubt that Trump will continue to hit the NFL over the national anthem, and that the NFL will continue to look impotent as it tries and fails to find an anthem policy that will please everyone. Although the owners may have thought they were putting the story behind them in May, that is clearly not the case.

112 responses to “Trump’s latest comments contradict his initial response to NFL’s anthem rule

  1. Nothing the NFL does will appeal to Trump. He just wants to keep punching at them because they got the best of him in the past. He is just feeding his ego. Every failure he runs towards a rally and bashing on things to get cheers. Currently and again, that is the NFL.

  2. Trump can’t get from one end of a sentence to the other without contradicting himself.

  3. Three years ago, if someone had told me that one day I’d look back with fondness on the Obama administration, I would’ve said that they were nuts.

  4. His entire approach is off the cuff. There is no methodology, strategy, or direction ever to any of his policies or statements. It is all on a whim, with little facts, decide first and ask questions later.

    If you’ve read any Orwell (or Upton Sinclair) this is all a textbook approach of “leaders” of his kind. Deception, confusion, and play both sides. Puppeteer your base and they will get in lock step behind you no matter what you do or say, truth or lie. Get you to believe something whether or not it’s true, whether or not he knows it’s a lie or deceptive, and continue to “Wag The Dog”.

    His base is gullible, they will echo whatever he says and support any policy presented to them. Analytical thought is not widespread in modern America. It’s more about the hive-mind “team support” rather than individual thought. If people thought outside the Party paradigm they sure wouldn’t elect candidates of this nature.

    It’s amazing any thinking, rational person would ever believe a word He (or any politician from either side) says.

    Think for yourself and be skeptical of ANY politician, party, or “leader”. We get lied to from both sides but too many people let their party make them believe it out of blind, unwavering support. He’s lying to you almost daily, it’s up to you to either see it (or not).

    *And no I’m not on the Left, didn’t vote for the Left, have no support of the either party, so don’t hang that tag on me. I just know a lying, manipulative, draconian, narcissist when I see one… and I see one.*

  5. Can anyone keep track with Trump’s desires at the moment? The national anthem isn’t a serious issue, it is culture war politics to keep his base engaged. The Chinese are having a difficult time deciphering what exactly Trump wants out of the trade negotiations. This capriciousness on Trump’s part will eventually lead to major problems.

  6. Immigration policy is wildly unpopular, trade wars (i.e., tax increase with no benefit) heating up, continuous staff turn-over……quick distract the base with nonsense. Nice try president “sell the swamp.”

  7. Listen, it’s probably more about the NFL not letting him in so long ago. Hold a grudge long, Mr Trump?

  8. Perhaps it’s due to his mid-stage Alzheimer’s, or the fact that he’s an idiot. Or maybe it’s just both.

  9. This guy lies so much he can’t keep up with what is true or false. All he does is create controversy to promote himself. Wow, he is really uniting America isn’t he?

  10. This guy will never get over getting his ass kicked in court by the nfl. he’s the only guy in the world that can make people actually route for goodell.

  11. Stay strong Trump

    I don’t let my employees do things that are offensive and impact my business. the NFL ought to get some balls and do the same rather than trying to navigate around the issue.

    Players are stupid. This is very negative on the NFL and erodes at market share and salaries eventually.

  12. People actually like this guy?

    Of course he said one thing a week ago and the opposite the week. He’s an empty vessel with no true beliefs.

  13. Wait Trump contradicted himself and didn’t mean what he said before? Impossible, he’s extremely trustworthy.

  14. Trump contradicting himself…..no, say it ain’t so. The fact that he constantly lies and then lies about his lies is why they don’t want him testifying on the record.

  15. So we are going to stop all sales during the National Anthem and make everyone go out to the stands? This is just one of the many things that he does not need to meddle in.

  16. The NFL actually thought he was going to stop? He never cared about standing for the anthem. It’s just red meat for his mindless base.

  17. He seems to be running it quite nicely. 213,000 new jobs created last month and more Americans employed than ever before.

    And he’s right about the NFL…

  18. 18 U.S. Code 227: Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch

    He’s an annoy gnat.

  19. His entire speech yesterday was a series of complaints and insults. The NFL got off lightly next to the entire MeToo movement, a dying senator, and a dying former president.

  20. The guy is a blowhard. That being said… some of his views are good common sense this country needs.

  21. I dunno. Trump loves his country and appreciates and understands history. Too many people brainwashed by media. Anyone me who does not want to stand has no level of what this country has done for them or realizes the lives men (okay, few women too ) gave freely to protect our liberty. That is what hurts the most.

  22. How about we just don’t do the darn anthem before the games? Or come up with a new tradition or new song.

    I’m not saying this to lease Trump as I couldn’t care less. I’m just sick of this being an issue and topic of conversation when I just want to listen to and watch football.

  23. johnqlunchbox says:
    July 6, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Three years ago, if someone had told me that one day I’d look back with fondness on the Obama administration, I would’ve said that they were nuts.
    ___________________________________________________________

    I say the same about Bush. I feel nostalgic for the good natured “rancher”.

  24. Let’s take a look at his cabinet selections and the constant turnover of staff in his administration. Yeah, there’s a well oiled machine. Inept comes to mind…

  25. “or whatever it is”

    At least now he is freely admitting that he has no idea what they are protesting.

  26. People on both sides of the fence who are obsessed with dissecting Trumps every tweet really do need to find something better to do with the available time they have left to be alive in this universe, in my humble opinion.

  27. All these Trump haters lol. He’s the realist president this country has ever had. It’s sad how people can’t see that.

  28. willy1227 says:
    July 6, 2018 at 3:03 pm
    Maybe he finally saw the details and realized it’s still unpatriotic!
    ======================
    Maybe he finally saw the details? Even as a supporter you admit that he doesn’t know jack about the details of anything he does. “Finally saw the details” just doesn’t cut it as the president of the U.S.

  29. seahawkboymike says:
    July 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    He seems to be running it quite nicely. 213,000 new jobs created last month and more Americans employed than ever before.
    =================================
    Unemployment is at 4%, higher than the previous 2 months. Read much?

  30. Too bad the liberals can’t accept a businessman as the leader of our country. They’ve forgotten the 8 years of social welfare weakening the country.

    This is a sports blog. Politics has no place here just because you don’t like the President.

    Those complaints about his lack of military service remind me of which branch of service did Obama serve! And go to a political site to spew your hate.

  31. “Direct contradiction” may be a bit of an overstatement.

    Trump’s initial reaction: this is good because at least they have to stand on the field.

    Trump’s recent comment: this may be worse because you are letting players go to the lickerroom to avoid standing.

    Not a Trump fan, but I don’t consider this to be a “direct contradiction”

  32. jrquiz says:
    July 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm
    People on both sides of the fence who are obsessed with dissecting Trumps every tweet really do need to find something better to do with the available time they have left to be alive in this universe, in my humble opinion.

    ————

    Yes….for their own good. Otherwise they will not make it another 6 1/2 years

  33. The NFL just needs to ignore him. He’s never going to let it go no matter what they do. It’s one of his talking points and an easy wedge issue for him to drum up support amongst his base. And I’m sure he still holds a grudge against the NFL for not letting him buy the Bills and for his disastrous attempt to take them on when he was a USFL owner.

  34. The NFL is popular and Trump is using the NFL as an attention getter. In the early 90’s Trump did an interview about putting your name out there every day good or bad makes no difference is good for business. He wants to be the center of attention every day.

  35. all IF you SUPPORT TRUMP over the NFL. Then you are NOT a real fan. All he wants to do is divide the country for his OWN needs. He is the ANTI-CHRIST

  36. Jesus christ, can we talk purely on nfl stuff? PFT writers are not politicians and shouldn’t act as such. Stop talking about Trump (good or bad).

  37. longtimefanh8tr says:
    July 6, 2018 at 5:29 pm
    Trump appreciates history? He couldn’t pass a 5th grade civics exam!!

    ———-

    You are probably right. But hey, Goodell and crew as well as most of #TheHaters couldn’t pass a 5th grade science exam so they are birds of a feather

  38. Is his term almost up? As usual je has totally missed the point and has assisted in misrepresentation of the initial cause. He makes up his own fake news!

  39. How about all players stay inside the locker room, fans do their thing for the anthem and then the teams run out from the locker room after? Controversy avoided.

    People act like concessions aren’t ridiculously busy with people not standing and being quiet for the anthem anyway.

  40. marcsasharc says:
    July 6, 2018 at 5:24 pm
    Trash President.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Says Mr. Classy

  41. Still whining about the NFL while expendable (none are running for reelection) members of his own party conduct secret, no media meetings with our enemies on the 4th of July.
    Distract, distract, distract.

  42. You are probably right. But hey, Goodell and crew as well as most of #TheHaters couldn’t pass a 5th grade science exam so they are birds of a feather
    ——
    random!

  43. You are probably right. But hey, Goodell and crew as well as most of #TheHaters couldn’t pass a 5th grade science exam so they are birds of a feather

    Ah yes, a Trump supporter using the grade school term as he denigrates others…..true to form a hater being hateful. Some people are acquiring skills from Trump….

  44. truevision21 says:
    July 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    Is his term almost up? As usual je has totally missed the point and has assisted in misrepresentation of the initial cause. He makes up his own fake news!

    —————
    He is orobably going to do two terms because his opposition has yet to to anything other than complain. Its their focus all day every day to just complain. So since the finger pointing and complaining is offering no value to the country he keeps himself as being the better deal.

  45. Stop playing a nationalistic and military-centric song at sporting events. Save it for military parades, air shows, and political rallies. Then sit, or stand, or kneel, or do cartwheels to America the Beautiful………a more suitable alternative.

  46. This guy nails it. Trump and his Trumpkins are human embodiment of what was supposed to be ironic Orwellian double-speak. When you openly embrace hypocrisy and lying, it enables leaders to pursue their own self interest without any regard or pretense towards serving the greater public good.

    If you hate this feedback or you’re excited by it, either way you should consider why you put so much trust in party apparatus over your own independent judgement.

    “His entire approach is off the cuff. There is no methodology, strategy, or direction ever to any of his policies or statements. It is all on a whim, with little facts, decide first and ask questions later.

    If you’ve read any Orwell (or Upton Sinclair) this is all a textbook approach of “leaders” of his kind. Deception, confusion, and play both sides. Puppeteer your base and they will get in lock step behind you no matter what you do or say, truth or lie.

    […]

    *And no I’m not on the Left, didn’t vote for the Left, have no support of the either party, so don’t hang that tag on me. I just know a lying, manipulative, draconian, narcissist when I see one… and I see one.*”

  47. Trump is a false patriot and serial liar. Beyond that, as a business owner in the metalworking field, his stupid tariffs have cost me LITERALLY over $1k so far. So far! It’s going to get worse.

    You don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to see thatvthe intel community has got major stuff on him. He’s guilty of essentially treason. Hang onto your hats folks; this fall is gonna be wild.

  48. seahawkboymike says:
    July 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    He seems to be running it quite nicely. 213,000 new jobs created last month and more Americans employed than ever before.

    And he’s right about the NFL…
    ———————-
    Inflation is outpacing wages. This is not good for the economy. But by all means, keep shaking those pom poms.

  49. variant703 says:
    July 6, 2018 at 6:42 pm
    seahawkboymike says:
    July 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    He seems to be running it quite nicely. 213,000 new jobs created last month and more Americans employed than ever before.

    And he’s right about the NFL…
    ———————-
    Inflation is outpacing wages.
    ==============================================

    No it’s not.

  50. steeelfann0155 says:
    I dunno. Trump loves his country and appreciates and understands history. Too many people brainwashed by media.
    ====

    I have to laugh every time I see someone who was brainwashed by the media (Fox) complains about people being brainwashed by the media (MSM). Sorry buddy, but I don’t need the media (on either side) telling me that we have a lying fool as a president.

  51. Can’t wait until we no longer have a mouth breathing Coward for a President!

  52. Nice to see all the Liberals bashing our President. Soon the conservatives who work for a living and dont spend all day trolling PFT will chime in. The NFL can’t get any policy right. The Anthem issue is no exception. Trumps position never changed. From the very beginning he said he didn’t like the staying in the locker part. Upon further reflection the whole policy is weak. He is right. It’s definitely spineless. But what’s new from 345 Park Ave.

  53. therealraider says:
    July 6, 2018 at 7:27 pm
    Nice to see all the Liberals bashing our President. Soon the conservatives who work for a living and dont spend all day trolling PFT will chime in. The NFL can’t get any policy right. The Anthem issue is no exception. Trumps position never changed. From the very beginning he said he didn’t like the staying in the locker part. Upon further reflection the whole policy is weak. He is right. It’s definitely spineless. But what’s new from 345 Park Ave.
    ——————————————-

    You mean soon it will be daylight in Russia and the Russian troll factory will be at it again?

  54. dtroxallday says:
    July 6, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Unemployment is at 4%, higher than the previous 2 months. Read much?
    ======================================================================

    The unemployment rate matches the lowest point in the last 50 years. I guess you don’t read much either….

  55. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

  56. thefiesty1 says:
    July 6, 2018 at 5:21 pm
    Too bad the liberals can’t accept a businessman as the leader of our country. They’ve forgotten the 8 years of social welfare weakening the country.

    This is a sports blog. Politics has no place here just because you don’t like the President.
    =============================================================
    You do realize that just before you comlpain about this being a sports blog and to leave politics out of it…you managed to take a political shot across the blue bow. Thanks for making a point, albeit not the one you intended. I think the term for that is “hypocrite”.

  57. If everyone is forced to stand for a song it is no longer the land of the free. And if no one has the courage to take a knee, it certainly is not the home of the brave.

  58. seahawkboymike says:
    July 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    He seems to be running it quite nicely. 213,000 new jobs created last month and more Americans employed than ever before.
    And he’s right about the NFL…

    seriously, name one thing he’s done that directly correlates to the 213,000 new jobs created last month – this economy is still booming because of the economic policies enacted by the Obama administration – you people are clueless, there’s real information out there, you just have to get off of Fox News

  59. thefiesty1 says:
    July 6, 2018 at 5:21 pm
    Too bad the liberals can’t accept a businessman as the leader of our country. They’ve forgotten the 8 years of social welfare weakening the country.

    it has nothing to do with politics at this point – this “businessman” is a disaster that unfolds a little bit each day –

  60. “How about the NFL? Look, I don’t want to cause controversy,” -Trump.

    All I can say to this is “HA-HA”

    This man lives for controversy. Hes made a career off of controversy. This is the equivalent to a teenage girl saying “Look…I dont wanna cause drama but….”

    He makes it impossible to respect anything he says…and ive really tried…really…

  61. This whole thing started in the mid-1990s, when the NFL entered into a contract with the US Military. The idea was, through a combination of flyovers and military displays, such as marching bands, players “should” stand on the sidelines during the playing of the anthem to show solidarity for the troops overseas during the first Iraq War.

    Prior to that, teams would remain in their locker rooms and take the field after the anthem was played. That was because the displaying of the flag and the playing of the anthem was a fan-centered tradition that had nothing to do with the game to be contested. It was simply Americans celebrating their patriotism and national pride, before enjoying a sporting event.

    The commitment by players to show solidarity with the troops overseas intensified after 9-11 and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But it was an illusory pact, because football players playing on a field were never meant to represent US soldiers fighting on a foreign battlefield. The former is friendly rivalry between competing teams; the latter is a deadly conflict between opposing enemies.

    Of course the players support the troops. Many of them served before they joined the league, and some left the league to join the armed forces. Cheerleaders regularly perform on USO tours to remind the troops of what they’re fighting for, American freedom. Players regularly visit wounded warriors in veteran hospitals and start or contribute to charitable foundations for paralyzed vets.

    The idea that the NFL is somehow anti-military or anti-flag or anti-anthem is obscene on it’s orange face. Trump, a fat, bald draft dodger with a bad toupee, is a total fraud.

  62. Coming from the party that slashes veterans benefits every chance they get. The “leaders” of the Republican party know how easy it is to get their sycophants to take their eye off important subjects and focus on unimportant crap like this. Guys kneeling only bother you if you let it.

  63. He isn’t happy now because an election is coming up and he needs as many wedge issues as possible to motivate his base. Anyone taking their cues on patriotism from someone who dodged the draft 5X is misguided to begin with.

  64. Trump says he “doesn’t want to cause controversy”? Sure…
    And if you believe that, I have some nice beachfront property in Arizona to sell!

  65. He’d be singing a different tune if he had been successful buying the Bills. Petty 3-year old.

  66. gripless says:
    July 6, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Stay strong Trump

    I don’t let my employees do things that are offensive and impact my business. the NFL ought to get some balls and do the same rather than trying to navigate around the issue.

    Players are stupid. This is very negative on the NFL and erodes at market share and salaries eventually.

    ____________________________________________________________

    1st – the NFL players aren’t his employees.

    2nd – Trump is YOUR employee, and boy is he ever being offensive to every allied country and hurting your business (the US, not yours specifically… though maybe yours specifically) with his idiotic trade war.

  67. thefiesty1 says:
    July 6, 2018 at 5:21 pm
    Too bad the liberals can’t accept a businessman as the leader of our country. They’ve forgotten the 8 years of social welfare weakening the country.
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    You mean like healthcare? I’ll chalk up your education to listening to Limbaugh instead of reading.

    By the way, two of the largest social welfare programs in the world are Social Security and Medicare. In the world. Here. Not Norway. Not Denmark. Not Canada. Here.

  68. Actually, it’s not the policy that’s stupid, it’s the players who were given a great gift here. A way to put the genie back in the bottle.
    No good, including increased players salaries will ever come from continuing this mess of a protest. The NFL gave them an easy out………stay in the locker room.
    That they won’t take it says way more about them than it does about the policy. They are getting paid millions and are choosing to disrespect their fans and their country, and no amount of spin or lawyering will make the taste of it in the fans mouths go away.
    Worst thing you can do as any form of a public person……damage your brand.
    But I guess it’s too late for that, huh?

  69. The guy can’t open his mouth without lying, contradicting a previous statement or unnecessarily insulting someone. Heck, if he stopped doing those three things he’d be a mute.

  70. stellar performance: two facts, both Social Security and Medicare people contribute to them all their lives, those aren’t entitlements!

  71. Everyone knows Trump is a moron but this is what happens to a league when every decision is based on polls and “optics” and not based on your own philosophy. Either you think players need to stand or you don’t. Make a decision NFL and stick with it. Who gives a crap what the President says.

  72. Because on refelction the new rule stinks

    Roger Goodell is horrendous and needs to go

  73. The NFL wants to to continuing p### on the flag.

    Thats real smart. Ratibgs will suffer if players continue and networks cover it. If tv doesnt cover it its like it never happened

    So either the nets will look out for themselves or ratings continue to slide

    Perhaps the new AAF or XFL will find spring success and do a parallel fall trial season and see how that goes…

  74. .
    u cant appease a baby so why is the league trying?
    the dude is nothing but a click ad and yall cant stop clicking

  75. the only time soccer has commercials is at half time and the pre game show and post game showsbut during the game non stop action even if someone is hurt the clock is still running i wish NFL had same ideas but not exactly like soccer but i am impressed the games goes 45 min each half non stop and if someone was hurt then they just add 4 or 5 min automatically….but in NFL 2 plays and TV time out 5 min worth of commercials then someone calls time out another 3 commercials i love the NFL ALWAYS HAVE BUT I LOVE SOCCER AND BASEBALL aLso..but soccer has the right ideas for bringing in fans no commercials no timeouts you only get 3 subs per game i think

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