Anthem protesters 'maybe shouldn't be in country'

President Trump Praises NFL Owners For New National Anthem Policy

Anthem protesters 'maybe shouldn't be in country'

During an interview on Fox & Friends this morning, Donald Trump took time out of his busy tweeting schedule to make remarks about the recent NFL policy regarding players who choose to kneel during the national anthem.

It's certainly within the league's right to do so, but while NFL owners were doing their best Wednesday to shrink from the issues that trouble their players, another pro sports franchise - the Milwaukee Bucks - was doing the opposite.

Trump said the owners are "doing the right thing" on the issue, which he turned into a cause celebre a year ago with provocative comments at a rally and a barrage of tweets.

At least one team chairman has already stated publicly that he will personally pay the fines assessed to his players who ignore the new rule and continue to protest on the field.

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The NFL announced a new policy Wednesday requiring players to either stand for the pregame playing of national anthem, or to stay in the locker room while it's going on. "So I ask my conservative friends who talk about this issue so much if they will also stand up for protesting #NFL players. You know, that's something ideally could have been taken care of when it first started, it would have been a lot easier, but if they did that, they did the right thing".

"I think that's good", Trump said.

For tactical reasons, I'm not a big fan of kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest. "I think the people pushed it forward".

"Freedom of speech, freedom to be who you are". "This country is very smart".

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A statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the new decision reads in part: "This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem".

The New York Daily News captures the true meaning of the NFL's new policy. "I brought it out".

The move to mandate that players stand came after Trump repeatedly criticized athletes protesting issues including police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.

Other Twitter users have noted that the National Football League is made up of predominantly black athletes, who could decide to boycott the ruling together. He demonized the protesters by calling them "unpatriotic", and by extension demonized all African-Americans.

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Under current National Football League regulations, all players are required to be on the field during the anthem.

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