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Even Rush Limbaugh Is Worried: Trump's 'Starting To Make Me Nervous'

Rush Limbaugh is “very uncomfortable” with President Trump trying to force professional football players to stand during the national anthem.

According to The Hill, the conservative commentator argued Wednesday on his radio program that no president should have the authority to make such a demand. “There’s a part of this story that’s starting to make me nervous, and it’s this: I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior and power of anybody,” he said. “That’s not where this should be coming from.”

Limbaugh told his listeners: “Trump is continually tweeting — I know what he’s doing, and I understand why he’s doing it, and his motives are pure; don’t misunderstand. But I don’t think that it is useful or helpful for any employee anywhere to be forced to do something because the government says they must. We don’t want the president being able to demand anybody that he’s unhappy with behave in a way he requires.”

On Wednesday, Trump claimed that the commissioner of the National Football League had ordered players to stop sitting or kneeling during the anthem to protest racial and social injustice. “It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem,” the president tweeted. “RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”

NFL officials refuted the remarks. “Commentary this morning about the commissioner’s position on the anthem is not accurate,” they wrote. According to CNN, Goodell actually said: “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.” The commissioner expressed hope that the league can soon “move past this controversy.”

The NFL announced that “there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners’ meeting next week.” The league’s statement continued: “The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress; working to bring people together. Players from around the league will be in New York next week to meet with owners to continue our work together.”

Trump has called on team owners to fire any player who does not stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and urged the NFL to adopt a policy banning the protests. None of the owners has taken disciplinary action against protesting players, and some are expressing support for them. Recent polls indicate Americans are nearly evenly split in their opinions.

Only a few players were “taking a knee” until Trump weighed in on the matter. Many others joined in the demonstrations in defiance of the president. The protests began in the NFL’s pre-season last year, when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the anthem in response to multiple incidents of white police officers killing unarmed black men.

Some of Trump’s critics have accused him of exploiting the controversy to deflect attention from other issues, like the ongoing federal investigation of his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.

Source: The Hill, CNN
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