President Trump the divider exploits another opportunity in NFL attacks: Brent Larkin

Lawrence Cooper
October 1, 2017

President Donald Trump has asserted that NFL team owners are afraid to reprimand football players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans. According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, 69% of Americans say they stand in silence while the national anthem is played. "Those statements are not accurate".

Trump made the claim about the players - a majority of whom are African-American - after claiming to have spoken to National Football League owners, who are nearly exclusively white.

Prince said, "I am all for respecting the flag and the soldiers that fought for it".

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Following Trump's comments, dozens of players kneeled or sat during the anthem this past weekend, with more standing and linking arms in a display of unity.

"I have so many friends that are owners and they're in a box", he said on Thursday's Fox & Friends.

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Trump has fanned anger over that symbolic protest by claiming it disrespects America and veterans. I mean, OK. Bye.

When Colin Kaepernick first chose to kneel during the national anthem a year ago, he did it to make a statement about how America treats black people.

National Football League mothers have sent an open letter to President Trump, defending their sons and pleading for him to "put a stop to the divisive language" he's been using against them. Those that are offended by his actions believe his method of protesting is disrespectful, while some don't seem to understand that it's a protest at all. They're united. "I think [the owners] made it clear they support our players, but also support our country, the national anthem, the flag - all of the things some have suggested we don't", Lockhart said. "And they've got to be tough and they've got to be smart because you look at their ratings are going way down".

"The NFL can not disrespect our country".

Most Americans, however, disapprove of Trump saying that protesting players should be fired, per Fluent data.

Eighty-five percent of adults said, for example, that they nearly always "stand in silence" when the national anthem is played at an event they are attending.

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