Trump Slams Obama - Ends Up Regretting It

In the wake of Donald Trump's comments about NFL players who protest the anthem, some observers are calling him a hypocrite. As it turns out, Trump has not always considered it appropriate for the president to tell professional athletes and team owners what to do.

Trump is slamming National Football League players who “take a knee” during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. He urged team owners to “fire” any “son of a b****” who kneels. “Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their national anthem or their country,” the president tweeted Sunday. “NFL should change policy!”

CNN pointed out that four years ago, before Trump entered politics, he criticized then-President Obama for calling on the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name. Native-American activists and others believe “Redskins” is a racist term. “President should not be telling the Washington Redskins to change their name,” the real-estate mogul tweeted on Oct. 8, 2013. “Our country has far bigger problems! FOCUS on them, not nonsense.”

Trump’s ridicule of the NFL’s kneeling demonstrations sparked a backlash. More than 100 players, the most yet, protested on Sunday. At least one member of each team took a knee, locked arms or showed solidarity in another way, according to CNN. Many team owners, Including the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Shad Khan, supported their employees’ constitutional right to protest.

The entire Pittsburgh Steelers squad, minus a single player, refused to appear on the field until after the anthem. Many members of the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans made the same decision. In Detroit, Rico Lavelle took a knee and held up his fist after singing the “Star Spangled Banner.”

The demonstrations have been escalating since August 2016, when former San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the “Spar Spangled Banner” before a pre-season game. He later expressed himself by kneeling, rather than sitting on the bench. Kaepernick explained that he was protesting white police officers who had gunned down unarmed African-Americans in multiple U.S. cities.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said last month in an interview with NFL Media. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

On Friday, Trump declared that any player who “disrespects our flag” should lose his job. Two days later, the president tweeted: “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our great American flag (or country) and should stand for the national anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

Members of the Minnesota Lynx joined arms during the anthem before a Women’s National Basketball Association championship game. The other team, the Los Angeles Sparks, stayed in the locker room until the song ended. Bruce Maxwell, a rookie catcher for the Oakland A’s, on Sunday became the first Major League Baseball player to take a knee.

Source: CNN
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