Trump tweet: Players who kneel are “disrespecting our Country & our Flag”

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President Trump will again make NFL players kneeling during the national anthem an issue this year.

Responding to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement that the league was wrong not to be more supportive of players’ protests, Trump tweeted late on Sunday night that he still considers kneeling during the anthem to be disrespectful.

“Could it be even remotely possible that in Roger Goodell’s rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it would now be O.K. for the players to KNEEL, or not to stand, for the National Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Country & our Flag?” Trump wrote.

NFL players who kneel during the anthem have made clear that they are protesting police brutality, not disrespecting the country or the flag. But Trump sees the anthem protests as a winning issue for him in November, and so this will not be the last time we hear from the president on the matter.

16 responses to “Trump tweet: Players who kneel are “disrespecting our Country & our Flag”

  1. Multiple retired 4-star Generals have now publicly stated that Trump has been disrespecting the Constitution with his actions and tweets regarding peaceful protesters.

    I think I will accept the opinion of those Generals over the opinion of the Cadet Bone Spur coward who is currently our president, and his cupcake sycophantic rightly followers.

  2. When a pea brained ignoramus gets an idea stuck in is head and no amount of new information can dislodge their false facts, all you can do is ignore them and wait until more reasonable people can discuss and address the issue. The conversation on race and protests will begin Jan 20, 2021 when this fool is displaced.

  3. This guy’s base is getting smaller and smaller due to his lack of ability to communicate with people. Can’t wait to watch him kick and scream like a 2 year old by November 5th.

  4. His divisive speech doesn’t work anymore. The American people have woke and we want change.

  5. I’m not sure the president actually knows what the amendments are, but one of the most important one for him to protect is the first. Problem with that is he only likes to protect it when it supports his administration.

  6. Isn’t dodging the draft five times disrespecting this country and this flag?

  7. With COVID-19, oops no longer problem, and the race relations, perhaps Trump should focus on other items then NFL. Unfortunately his goal is to divide. I’m not sure there’s too many people have disrespected the country and constitution more than him

  8. Interesting observation .. the anti Trump ratings have gotten a MUCH higher amount of likes over the past several days…maybe people are finally going to stop drinking the hate coolaid

  9. Around 70 years ago a black man was being viciously jeered by fans … the smallest guy on the field put his arm around his shoulder… that small Gesture by Pee Wee Reese to Jackie Robinson Changed sports and history… I’m so impressed that the column that Mr Florio started 20 years ago could turn into such a platform for change

  10. He just has to say this to rile up his base, I’m surprised he didn’t attach a picture of him hugging the flag, as he so often does. He doesn’t care about the flag, he cares that people see him as someone who cares about it.
    It’s almost as if the players should wait until the anthem is over and then kneel, just so he can’t claim that anymore. I think the players should show their protest however they want, I have never thought it was about the flag.

  11. The simple fact that Trump calls it “a winning issue for me” should tell you all you need to know. Trump wants a narrative that serves only him, regardless of the truth; regardless of what is morally right; and most egregious of all, regardless of what our country needs for all to prosper equally. I find it tragic that anyone (especially someone in the position he is) can view the world through such a prism.

  12. I’ve been in agreement with a number of Trump’s policies (primarily as it relates to economic issues) but someone should take his phone, change his Twitter password and keep microphones away from him for now. His seemingly constant need to troll anyone he disagrees with at the moment, thinks he can trigger (a surprisingly large portion of the population) or score political points against – though mildly entertaining under normal circumstances – is just unnecessarily divisive, destructive, obnoxious and beyond tone deaf during this time. There are real issues where unifying leadership is needed and the “bully pulpit” that the president inhabits (for better or worse) should be used as a unifying force not as a way to score metaphorical “political points” like some middle school argument.

    There’s no excuse for what happened to George Floyd. There’s a problem with a system where guys (sadists) like we saw on the Floyd video are allowed to remain on the job and not driven out of law enforcement and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There’s also no excuse for the rioting, looting and the crime we’ve seen under the guise of “protest” either. There are legitimate issues here and serious, people protesting peacefully who deserve to be taken seriously and engaged with respectfully.

  13. He’s right, and it doesn’t matter how many times the kneelers say it’s not disrespectful – or “not meant to be disrespectful.” Because it IS disrespectful. How do we know? Because it was started buy a guy whose idols are Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. So there is no argument.

  14. The last thrashings of a man who’s about to lose power. You would think Trump had better things to do with his time (Like fighting COVID, fixing a tanking economy, rampant unemployment and yes – LISTENING to what people have to say about current events). But that was too much to hope for. Instead, we have him tweeting threats, inanities and childish attacks on people. SMH

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