It ain’t the flag…It’s who is protesting. Speaking out against racism in this country…
Is speaking out against the Chumph.
And as to why the Chumph has started this racist tirade…Well that is to cover up for the Russian Investigation. and Puerto Rico.
Trump’s problem isn’t with athletes being political. It’s with athletes speaking out against racism.
Despite President Trump’s harsh words about NFL players protesting racism, there’s one thing you aren’t likely to hear him say: “Stay in your lane.”
Trump respects — even invites — athletes to weigh in on political matters, as long as they are pro-Trump policies. During the 2016 election, Trump counted legendary boxing promoter Don King, storied former college basketball coach Bobby Knight and NASCAR chief executive Brian France among his supporters.
But support for Trump, who previously made an unsuccessful attempt at buying a football team, hasn’t been universal in the sports world.
Just last week, Trump demanded an apology after an ESPN anchor called Trump a white supremacist. And Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the NFL protests during the national anthem, previously called Trump a racist during the 2016 campaign.
Trump returned activist athletes to the national spotlight when he kicked off the weekend by traveling to Alabama to campaign for Sen. Luther Strange (R).
While a huge college football state, Alabama has no NFL team, so some questioned why Trump decided to weigh in on protests within professional football.
Turns out football — one of America’s most iconic pastimes — was ripe to become a new cultural battlefield.
Surveys have shown cultural changes in the United States provoke anxiety and discomfort in many Trump supporters. And one of the things Trump is able to do so effectively is tap into the discomfort of those who value yesteryear.
So while championing Strange’s “American values,” Trump pivoted to a long-held symbol of Americana: the subject of football.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s FIRED!’” Trump said.
The Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson reported:
As the crowd burst into cheers, the president threw his hands into the air and shook his head. For the fourth time that night, the crowd began to chant: “USA! USA! USA!”
“That’s a total disrespect of our heritage,” Trump said. “That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for. Okay? Everything that we stand for. And I know we have freedoms, and we have freedom of choice and many, many different freedoms, but you know what? It’s still totally disrespectful.”…