Trump has spent all weekend screaming about NFL players that take a knee during the national anthem. At a political rally in Alabama on Friday, he called for teams to fire anyone who did that. He did it again multiple times on Twitter, with his fans conveniently ignoring the fact that he can’t just say whatever he wants because of the job he has (can anyone imagine if this were Obama or Hillary?).
This evening, he appears to have decided that not enough people are listening to him, so he said that fans shouldn’t condone their behavior:
Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
The sad thing is that he’s still saying whatever he thinks people want to hear, and we’re sure he thinks we’ve all forgotten what his position on peaceful protest and disagreement was back in January:
Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
So, what? Are we to assume that he recognizes the rights of people to peacefully express their views, but only when and where he approves of it? How typical of the jingoism that’s engulfed the right. Protests are all well and good, but only when it doesn’t upset their neat little apple carts. Peaceful has nothing to do with it.
Of course, Trump allegedly told the press pool that he didn’t watch any of the games today because he was “doing other things.” Like tweeting about the NFL – that must take some serious energy. It seems he didn’t mean that, either:
Trump on NFL today, via pool: “I was not watching the games today, believe me, I was doing other things — but I watched a little bit…”
— Emily Stephenson (@ewstephe) September 24, 2017
Does he mean anything he says? Probably only when it involves the wall, undocumented immigrants and tax cuts for his rich friends.
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