During an impromptu chat with reporters on Wednesday, President Trump was asked why had defended the rights of white supremacists to protest the removal of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, but the president deflected the question by ramping up his attacks on NFL players, saying the sports league would “go to hell” unless players stopped protesting during the National Anthem.
“Look what’s happening with their ratings. Frankly, the only thing doing well in the NFL is the pregame, because everybody wants to see what’s going on,” Trump said before adding: “And in my opinion, the NFL has to change, or you know what’s going to happen? Their business is going to go to hell.”
Trump insisted he backed the First Amendment, but then he suggested limits to those rights for professional athletes — and claimed he had majority support for those limits.
“We have to respect our National Anthem and our country,” he said. “They’re not respecting our country, and most importantly, the fans agree with me.
Largely, the fans agree, but we have to show total respect for our National Anthem, for our flag, for our country. We have to do it. There are plenty of places and, personally, when they’re protesting during a football game, I think they can find better places but they cannot do it during the National Anthem. I am going to see — I’m looking at that very closely. I’m not happy with it, I am not happy with it.”
It’s just the latest in a litany of attacks on the soul and character of America, that only the idiots who remain dedicated members of the Trumpist cult could love.
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The Trump administration has been pushing the United States to the edge of a cliff. Just this week, Trump attacked the first amendment rights of athletes, people in wheelchairs who were begging Republicans for their lives – for the third time in as many months, were arrested.
And it’s only Wednesday.