In a fiery speech in Alabama, a state with a history of lynchings and segregation, the President also called for NFL fans to boycott the sport.
Trump said such protests were “a total disrespect of our heritage” and “a total disrespect of everything that we stand for”.
He then asked members of the crowd on Friday night if they’d “love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired?’”
“You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”
Trump’s fiery rhetoric against people advocating black rights is in stark contrast to his response to the racial violence in Charlottesville after which he said there was “fine people” on both sides, one of those sides being comprised of white supremacists.
Trump was quicker and more vehement in his hatred of Colin Kaepernick’s non-violent protest than he was of Nazis. Take note of that.— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) September 23, 2017
A number of NFL players voiced their disgust.
It's a shame and disgrace when you have the President of the US calling citizens of the country sons of a bitches.— Bishop Sankey (@BishopSankey) September 23, 2017
I can’t take anything our Celebrity in Chief says seriously. He’s a real life clown/troll ]]>🤡