SOMERSET, N.J. – President Donald Trump on Sunday morning renewed his demand that NFL house owners hearth or droop gamers who kneel in the course of the nationwide anthem in protest, once more urging that followers ought to boycott the game to drive change.
“If NFL followers refuse to go to video games till gamers cease disrespecting our Flag & Nation, you will notice change happen quick,” Trump wrote. “Hearth or droop!”
“NFL attendance and scores are WAY DOWN,” he continued in a second tweet. “Boring video games sure, however many keep away as a result of they love our nation. League ought to again U.S.”
The tweets proceed a 3-day campaign by the president to strain the league to fireside gamers who’ve taken a knee in an effort to protest police violence towards minorities. Trump has poured gasoline on the flame of a simmering tradition warfare and has additional pushed sports activities deep into the political area.
Trump has been animated by his situation for greater than a yr, telling his supporters at a marketing campaign rally in October 2016 that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was the primary participant to kneel in protest, was partly chargeable for the drop in scores.
“The NFL is means down of their scores, two causes, No. 1 is that this politics they’re discovering is a a lot rougher recreation than soccer and extra thrilling,” Trump stated. “And the opposite cause is Kaepernick.”
NFL groups have been accused of blacklisting Kaepernick, who’s now a free agent.
Trump appeared to instantly fixate on the difficulty once more throughout a rally in Alabama on Friday night time, by which he prompt that coaches ought to get the “son of a b——” gamers off the sector in the event that they continued to kneel. The feedback prompted swift backlash from gamers, the league and coaches, lots of whom condemned Trump’s feedback.
On Saturday, the president didn’t again down, nevertheless. He continued to tweet his name for the league to self-discipline gamers for displaying “complete disrespect” for the nation.
“If a participant needs the privilege of creating tens of millions of dollars within the NFL, or different leagues, she or he shouldn’t be allowed to disrespect our Nice American Flag (or Nation) and will stand for the Nationwide Anthem,” Trump stated on Saturday. “If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Discover one thing else to do!”
As this week’s video games kick off Sunday, extra gamers are anticipated to take a knee in protest after Trump’s feedback.
However because the president continued his marketing campaign towards protesting NFL gamers, his…