President Trump retweets attack on NFL for “dividing America”

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The loose cease-fire between the NFL and the 45th President of the United States regarding the national anthem ended on Friday, and the battle has seen several volleys in the four days since then. Lost in the furor over the current rock-bottom tweet from Donald Trump — an attack on an elderly man who was knocked to the ground by Buffalo police and bled from the ear and has been hospitalized ever since — is the fact that he threw another log onto the renewed conflagration with the National Football League.

On Tuesday morning, the President retweeted this message from the chair of the American Conservative Union: “I will never buy another NFL ticket until they go back to playing football and stop dividing America.”

So who’s dividing America? The NFL, or the man whose former Secretary of Defense said last week that (wait for it . . . keep waiting . . . wait a little longer) HE’S DIVIDING AMERICA.

Players in the National Football League, most of whom are black, are reacting to recent events, events that underscore the message Colin Kaepernick tried to send in 2016. A message for which he sacrificed his career. A conscientious, peaceful protest aimed at waking America up to police brutality against minorities doesn’t amount to “dividing America.” Those who twist peaceful protests protected by the Constitution into political theater (by, for example, showing up at an NFL game where protests are expected to happen and then storming out and wasting more than 300,000 taxpayer dollars in the process) are dividing America.

I realize that plenty of you continue to double, triple, quadruple, and umpteenuple down because it’s hard to admit, “I was wrong.” But the evidence has become an avalanche; you’ve been played for nearly half of a decade by unscrupulous, opportunistic politicians, their enablers, and foreign elements intent on sowing chaos and division in American. And you’re still being played. And they think you’re too dumb to figure it out.

Will people object to this sentiment? Absolutely. And in this moment I frankly do not care. The world has changed in the last 15 days. The time for confronting hard truths is here. And the hardest truth of all is the tapestry of untruths that has been hiding in plain sight since he rode down a golden escalator nearly five years ago to the day.

33 responses to “President Trump retweets attack on NFL for “dividing America”

  1. History will record what most of the world already knows, he’s an evil man that doesn’t serve the USA. He serves himself and especially his vanity.

    He’s the divider in chief, and he wont be gone fast enough.

  2. Keep at it, Mr. Florio. I agree with you 100%, so I’m happy to back you on this. This could be the tipping point that finally leads to real change. It’s no time to back down. Trump doesn’t give a rats butt about the Constitution or America; except what he can get from it for himself and his family. People who blindly believe and follow him may not listen, but there are some sensible ones who realize that mistake that he is. So I repeat, keep at it.

  3. I am tired of the President and his tweets. I voted for him but will not again. But I am torn with things that are going on. I support the protesters and the need for change in our country. Black men and women have been treated less than equal and at worse, less than human for centuries in our country. It’s time we all start looking in the mirror of our souls… But I’m also torn by the opinion that if you don’t agree with everything your part of the problem. I have a hard time understanding the argument that we have to accept the kneeing during the anthem. I realize now that I was wrong for making it a get up or get out arguement. One has the right to protest peacefully how ever you choose. And I will read and listen to everyone who’s opinion is it’s just a form of protest and not being disrespectful. However, I will not accept my right to question both sides of the argument is wrong or unesceptable . I understand and accept I need to do more, but those who disagree with my understanding at this point need to also listen to my questions and help me understand your point of view. You just can’t say get on board or your wrong.

    And as far as Trump, the games will be better without him!

  4. A few generations ago some very brave black students tried to go to a white public school. They were stopped.

    What they desperately needed was help and support from our federal government. They got it.

    The NFL players are asking for our help and support, from not only today’s young generation, NFL fans and athletes in other sports, but also from all those politicians, former presidents, NFL owners and executives who remember those students who were blocked from trying to enter a public school.

  5. Mike,

    I didn’t agree with your article the other day stating that Kaep had not had a shot at an NFL workout, when in fact the league scheduled a workout just for him with most teams having scouts, only for Kaep to announce hours ahead of start time that he wouldn’t show up.

    But this article, you hit the nail on the head. My Trump friends have to realize out President is simply a fraud. He is nothing more or less… a fraud.

  6. I would bet my next paycheck that Trump has never paid for an NFL ticket in his life, he is the king of comps.

  7. This guy is like a cartoon character that came to life. It was funny for a little while, but this is America he’s trying to destroy. A draft dodger has no place calling out anyone over the flag. He had his opportunity to fight for our country and he ran and hid, while some brave young man went over and fought in his place.

  8. Likes to bully people.

    Likes to golf, often.

    Likes tweeting from his bunker.

    Very presidential, not.

  9. Simple, eloquent, factual, and spot on. Well said. Unfortunately, the message will continue to be lost on the ignorant morons who just can’t get past their misguided notion that “we need that guy on TV who fires people to shake things up.” History has shown us many, many times that you just cannot fix stupid.

  10. Seriously Trump? With all that is going on in the world, peaceful protest by NFL players is what you are going to focus on? Hey, got an idea; why don’t we focus on “why” they are protesting to begin with!! Or, maybe Covid19 since we’ve lost 112K people already… or, our growing national debt (4 TRILLION and growing)… or, unemployment (at 16%)… or, oh never mind – NFL players it is.

  11. If covid, unemployment and the protests taught me anything, it’s that Trump is more powerless than I thought. He’s tweeting, hiding in a bunker, lying about being in a bunker, tweeting while the whole planet looks with disgust and amazement at just how low America has become. He’s got one play and one play only (pun intended) to tweet and mock. He’s got nothing to offer anyone.

  12. Remember the warm, poignant, compassionate, thoughtful and unifying words Trump spoke to the nation to heal us and bring us together?
    No… I don’t really recall that either.

  13. Here’s the real truth y’all,,,trump still mad about the 3 dollars he won in his suit against the NFL,,,he just ain’t gotten over it

  14. I hope we all wake up and realize we all have a lot more in common than those in office want us to believe. We have to become more involved in our local, state and federal elections to drive the change the majority of us want to see. If we start talking about who’s running in our elections as much as we talk about the games on Sunday, it won’t take long to see the efforts pay off and to see a nation really driving for true change that doesn’t leave anyone out. This is your finest post. Mr. Florio. Well done, sir!

  15. Mike Florio, you nailed it. Spoke the hard truth and stuck the landing. I hope the audience is listening.

  16. Good. NFL don’t need you anyway. Keep your ticket in your pocket because that’s what it’s always been.

  17. There won’t even be any fans in the stands anyway. Which the NFL is probably happy about because the players won’t get booed when taking a knee during the anthem and causing a race war in the stands.

  18. mondonico says:
    June 9, 2020 at 9:18 pm
    I am tired of the President and his tweets. I voted for him but will not again. But I am torn with things that are going on. I support the protesters and the need for change in our country. Black men and women have been treated less than equal and at worse, less than human for centuries in our country. It’s time we all start looking in the mirror of our souls… But I’m also torn by the opinion that if you don’t agree with everything your part of the problem

    =========================

    I’ve been a PFT follower for years but have never posted a comment. Your comment made me want to respond for the first time. I did not vote for Trump and would never even imagine voting for him in my wildest dreams, but your post was a thoughtful explanation of your beliefs. I agree with you 100%. We’ve become too siloed in our opinions in that if you don’t agree with me, you’re the enemy. We do need to start listening to each other and hear all perspectives.

    Well said! Thanks for your post!

  19. Not a Trump supporter, but Kaep didn’t sacrifice his career. That has been well documented.

  20. When did Donald Trump ever buy a ticket to an NFL game. If he went, a ticket was provided, and he didn’t sit with fans. His line, “I will never buy another NFL ticket…” is just more of the same hogwash he’s been spewing his entire life.

    Trump is like someone who doesn’t watch football, except for the Super Bowl, and then to watch the commercials. And then only if he’s in one of the commercials.

  21. mondonico says:
    June 9, 2020 at 9:18 pm
    I am tired of the President and his tweets. I voted for him but will not again. But I am torn with things that are going on. I support the protesters and the need for change in our country. Black men and women have been treated less than equal and at worse, less than human for centuries in our country. It’s time we all start looking in the mirror of our souls… But I’m also torn by the opinion that if you don’t agree with everything your part of the problem. I have a hard time understanding the argument that we have to accept the kneeing during the anthem. I realize now that I was wrong for making it a get up or get out arguement. One has the right to protest peacefully how ever you choose. And I will read and listen to everyone who’s opinion is it’s just a form of protest and not being disrespectful. However, I will not accept my right to question both sides of the argument is wrong or unesceptable . I understand and accept I need to do more, but those who disagree with my understanding at this point need to also listen to my questions and help me understand your point of view. You just can’t say get on board or your wrong.

    And as far as Trump, the games will be better without him!
    _________

    Someone else beat me to it, but I also wanted to say that, as a person who has never supported Trump, this post gives me hope that there is a middle ground where we can all come together, have an honest disagreement about issues, but walk away with new knowledge and respect for the other side. Great post. Thank you!

  22. The best thing the NFL can do is tell Trump to mind his own business, and that the NFL can manage just fine without his opinions.

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