Trump on National Football League protesters: 'Maybe you shouldn't be in the country'

Marco Green
May 25, 2018

Trump has derided players and team owners for the kneeling protests on multiple occasions, sparking a debate as to whether the protests were disrespectful of the USA military or an expression of First Amendment rights. So much so that they have let themselves be played by Donald Trump, putting their names on a national anthem policy that might be the most embarrassing document ever issued under The Shield.

Donald Trump took time away from his busy schedule unearthing witch hunts and catching phantom spies to weigh in on another story he believe has national security implications. Trump said on Monday. I worry that kneeling N.F.L. players distract from their important political message - calling out police violence against African-Americans - and needlessly alienate otherwise persuadable people.

Teams will be required to stand for the national anthem, though players have the option to stay in the locker room.

"If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organisation, by me, not the players".

Trump's comment about removing black protesters from the country is nonsensical, arguably to the point of meaninglessness.

"I just think. telling people what they should do during a ceremony is not really what the country is based on", Common told us while out in Bev Hills. "The NFL owners did the right thing, if that's what they've done".

- Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) May 23, 2018The league on Wednesday unveiled a new policy aimed at outlawing kneeling during the national anthem at games. As reported by the Inquisitr, New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson offered to pay the fines for any National Football League players who don't stand for the anthem.

New York Jets chairman Christopher Johnson told Newsday that he voted for the new policy because "I felt I had to support it from a membership standpoint".

On Twitter, a player for the Philadelphia Eagles - which won the Super Bowl last February - accused the league of only caring about its finances.

He added: "I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't".

"This is fear of a diminished bottom line", wrote Chris Long.

The decision was applauded by the Trump administration.

"And so I respect them, because I was a business owner and I understand it". These owners don't love American more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it.

Players so absorbed by issues not related to their lucrative occupation are free to remain off the field during the national anthem.

"This country stands for the constitutional protections of the First Amendment, the right to freedom of speech".

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