WASHINGTON — Together with his assaults on activist athletes, President Donald Trump plunged into the center of his favourite sort of drama — private, aggressive, culturally risky and completely of his personal making.
For 3 days, the provocateur president has drawn criticism from the worlds of politics and sports activities for saying that soccer gamers who kneel through the nationwide anthem must be fired. The battle peaked Sunday with Trump’s remarks, which had the impact of uniting a newly minted opposition coalition that included a rising variety of gamers and coaches, in addition to some house owners who’ve backed the president.
Late Sunday, Trump continued to defend the scrap — which prompted about 200 gamers to face, kneel or increase their fists through the nationwide anthem at video games — telling reporters in New Jersey that kneeling was “very disrespectful to our flag and to our nation” and that “house owners ought to do one thing.”
Trump additionally provided his personal tackle the gamers and coaches who selected to lock arms on the sector through the anthem, describing it as a show of “solidarity” that he authorised of. And he pushed again towards the suggestion that his critique might inflame racial tensions, arguing: “I by no means stated something about race.”
After every week coping with weighty worldwide points on the United Nations Basic Meeting, Trump appeared to relish the second, which he began with feedback at a rally Friday night time and continued on Twitter all through the weekend. Along with assaults on NFL gamers, he additionally rescinded a White Home invitation for basketball participant Stephen Curry, a star participant on the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
On Twitter Sunday night time, Trump continued to press his case towards politically charged athletes, saying: “sports activities followers ought to by no means condone gamers that don’t stand proud for his or her Nationwide Anthem or their Nation. NFL ought to change coverage!”
White Home aides and allies stated Trump stays assured that his supporters are strongly behind his assaults on kneeling gamers, a apply that began with a handful of gamers to protest a lot of points, together with police brutality towards black individuals. As criticism rolled in, supporters argued the president was not concentrating on African-People, however merely expressing patriotism.
NFL participant protests throughout nationwide anthem
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