Trump Pretends NFL Row “Has Nothing to do with Race”

US President Donald Trump has insisted that his new row with the National Football League (NFL) over the disrespect being shown to the American national anthem has “nothing to do with race”—even though it obviously has everything to  do with race, and is a direct product of decades of anti-white propaganda spread by the alt-left and the controlled media.

According to an AFP report, Trump insisted over the weekend that his with National Football League players who won’t stand during the US national anthem to draw attention to social injustice, has “nothing to do with race.”

Trump spoke after players of America’s most popular sport took a defiant stand, in the largest such demonstration since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests in 2016.

Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism after comments on Friday in which he described NFL players who chose to take a knee through renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as “sons of bitches” who should be fired.

The US leader doubled down on those remarks early Sunday, urging fans to boycott the NFL as long as the protests continued, and demanding team owners to “fire or suspend” players who take a knee.

Before boarding Air Force One in New Jersey to head back to Washington, Trump declined to repeat the comments he posted on Twitter earlier, saying instead the protests were “disrespectful to our country and very disrespectful to our flag.”

He said “the owners should do something about it.”

“When you get on your knee and you don’t respect the American flag or the anthem that is not being treated with respect… This has nothing to do with race or anything else. This has to do with respect for our country, and respect for our flag.”

His comments led to a dramatic spread of the protest action among black NFL players, with most on Sunday locking arms with their teammates—some standing, others kneeling. Others stayed off the field until after “The Star-Spangled Banner” to avoid the issue altogether.

A handful of white players didn’t stand Sunday, but the vast majority of those actively protesting were black.

The protests started more than a year ago when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the anthem as a protest against the completely false narrative that white police target nonwhites. (In fact, white police generally are extremely politically correct, and go after criminals—and it is not their fault that the majority of criminals are nonwhite).


Dozens of more players protested before the Raiders-Redskins game, the final one of the day and not far from the White House in Landover, Maryland. All but a handful of Raiders sat on their bench and seven Redskins took a knee while their teammates stood arm-in-arm along with owner Dan Snyder and president Bruce Allen.

In Chicago, the Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in the tunnel, while in Detroit, anthem singer Rico Lavelle took a knee at the word “brave,” lowering his head and raising his right fist. In Nashville, anthem singer Meghan Linsey, took a knee as she finished singing.

Before Game 1 of the WNBA Finals in Minneapolis on Sunday, the Los Angeles Sparks left the floor while the Minnesota Lynx stood arm-in-arm. The Sparks returned to a chorus of boos when the song was finished.

The issue reverberated across the Atlantic, where about two dozen players took a knee during the playing of the U.S. anthem at Wembley Stadium.

“We stand with our brothers,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “They have the right and we knelt with them today. To protest, non-violent protest, is as American as it gets, so we knelt with them today to let them know that we’re a unified front.”

Jaguars owner Shad Khan and players on both teams who were not kneeling remained locked arm-in-arm throughout the playing of the anthem and “God Save The Queen.” No players knelt during the British anthem.

Kahn, who was among the NFL owners who chipped in $1 million to the Trump inauguration committee, said he met with his team captains before kickoff in London “to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump.”

Meanwhile, USA Today reported that the white-dominated sport of NASCAR “again proved to be an insular oddity in American sports culture” at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pre-race festivities at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which were “completely devoid of the type of national anthem protests that have permeated other professional sports.”

“Get you a ride on a Greyhound bus when the national anthem is over,” team owner Richard Childress responded when asked what he would do if one of his employees protested during the anthem. “I told them anyone who works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people have gave their lives for it. This is America.”

Team owner Richard Petty, who won a record-tying seven championships as a driver, said he would fire any employee that didn’t stand for the anthem.

“Anybody that don’t stand up for that ought to be out of the country. Period,” Petty said. “If they don’t appreciate where they’re at … what got them where they’re at? The United States.”


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