On Sunday, President Trump fired off a tweet calling for a boycott of the NFL if team owners didn’t fire players for protesting racism. Well, with that action, Trump may have broken a law that is punishable by a fine, jail time or both, further disqualifying himself from serving as president.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
The tweet was met with strong criticism from the NFL, NBA, and MLB, as well as the business community. But Trump also may have landed himself in some legal troubles over his childish tweet.
According to Laurence Tribe, Trump’s tweet may have violated US 18, Section 227.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) September 24, 2017
The law reads:
One can infer from his tweet that he is calling on his supporters to boycott the NFL if they don’t fire football players who peacefully protest racism. That would qualify as a partisan activity, wouldn’t it?
Perhaps it’s too much to hope that Mr. Trump will be held accountable under this law or any of the others he has broken while in office.
Let’s face it: Donald Trump is the least qualified person to talk about respecting America. You don’t respect America enough when your presidential campaign solicits help from a hostile foreign power.
Respecting America means respecting its constitution, which includes the right to free speech and peaceful protest.
Trump incited violence against peaceful protestors throughout his campaign. He apologized to Erdogan who stood by as his thugs assaulted Americans peacefully protesting on American soil, Turkey’s authoritarian regime.
Several times, Trump described the only violent people in Charlottesville, the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, as “very fine people.”
So, Mr. Trump, you don’t respect America.