WTF? Donald Trump Just Used Low Ratings to Justify His Attacks on Kneeling NFL PLayers?

The embarrassing spectacle of Donald Trump’s feud with popular sports figures continues to heat up. It began several days ago with Trump lashing out at NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and NBA star Steph Curry. These and other public figures have been actively expressing themselves regarding civil rights and racism in America. And what they get for exercising their First Amendment rights is ignorant insults from the White House.

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In response to Trump’s Twitter tantrums, many more players are speaking out. What’s more, they have been joined by their coaches and team owners. Among those castigating Trump are friends and political supporters like former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan, who is “pissed off.” Patriots owner, and Trump donor, Robert Kraft, said he is “disappointed” with Trump. On Sunday morning players for the Jaguars and the Ravens took a knee, joined by coaches and owners. The entire Steelers team will not take the field for the national anthem.

Trump’s ill-advised tirade is producing a backlash that any sensible person could have predicted. He has inspired more people to protest than ever would have had he kept his mouth shut. And the criticism directed at him points out the obvious racist overtones in his outburst. For instance, many observers have noticed that Trump called protesting athletes “sons of bitches,” but praised white supremacists in Charlottesville as “very fine people.” It’s apparent that the President has a case of tunnel blindness that prohibits him from seeing reality. And that may explain his latest tweets on Sunday morning:

First of all, it is unprecedented that a president of the United States would call for a boycott against American enterprises on purely political grounds. He is advocating financial harm and the loss of jobs for businesses and citizens who have done nothing more than employ free speech to lawfully and peacefully express their opinions. Furthermore, he is calling for Americans to be fired for constitutionally protected activities. Clearly Trump has no understanding of American values as he demonstrates his overtly anti-American position. But he wasn’t finished with this juvenile tantrum:

Trump totally skids off the rails with this criticism of the NFL’s ratings. He recently misrepresented the TV ratings as being “massively” lower. That’s a lie. They are modestly lower. And the reasons have more to do with the evolving state of television than with player protests. But what makes this criticism so absurd is that Trump’s own ratings have broken records for descending into an abyss. No president has ever had lower approval ratings at this point in his presidency. And he is bringing the whole Republican Party down with him.

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By his own standard, therefore, Trump is “disrespecting our flag and country.” The American people “stay away [from him] because they love our country. They should boycott this presidency, and he should be fired. It’s fair to say that given the choice, voters would choose to keep the NFL over this failure of a president. And his most recent abhorrent behavior only solidifies the distaste and distrust they have for him. If there’s one thing that Trump has succeeded in, it’s getting people to join together in their hatred for him.

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3 thoughts on “WTF? Donald Trump Just Used Low Ratings to Justify His Attacks on Kneeling NFL PLayers?

  1. I’m not a sports fan, but if it were possible, I’d be kneeling right next to the fine young men expressing their outrage at the horrible treatment of African Americans by too many police. What I’d like to see are all the fans kneeling along with the players. I would if I ever go to a game. (Someone will have to help this old lady up. But I’d kneel, dammit!)

  2. Then we have Robert Jeffress:

    These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they’re not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they’re also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking a knee like they would be with the were in North Korea. And I think tens of millions of Americans agree with President Trump when he says they ought to be called out for this. I know this president. President Trump is not a racist. For President Trump, this is not about race, it’s about respect of country.

    https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2017/09/25/fox-contributor-nfl-protesters-ought-be-thanking-god-theyre-free-worry-being-shot-head-taking-knee/218024

    Jeffress has no right to preach what he sees no reason to practice. I responded on Media Matters very straightforwardly.

    You are no man of god, Mr. Jeffress. You have no tolerance, no patience, no respect for your fellow man. Anyone should be allowed to show his/her respect in his/her own way. And that does NOT solely mean worship of your Beloved American Ayatollah. Which clearly you prefer. Your All-Powerful Fuhrer is NOT a god any more than his avatars, Caligula and Nero.

    And some Reichwing idiot decided to call me out for my “intolerance.” While, of course, ignoring and refusing to acknowledge the intolerance of his beloved TrumpBots like Jeffress.

    And Stupid Ann Coulter[tm] calls US “godless.” Filthy creatures, all of them, especially the All High Bigot in Chief.

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