Trump’s reaction to NFL protests shows who should really be fired
Written by Solomon Jones on September 25, 2017
Each time I think of Donald Trump’s remarks about black professional football players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem, I vacillate between anger and sadness.
Not just because Trump reduced a protest involving the value of black lives to a political publicity stunt. I am angry because Trump may have manufactured this tiff to distract attention from a healthcare bill that could leave millions uninsured, or the threat of North Korea detonating a Hydrogen bomb, or the investigation of Trump’s campaign colluding with Russians.
I am sad because, of all the things that should earn the president’s attention, he focuses on the actions of black athletes who dared to protest silently during the National Anthem.
“Wouldn’t you 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 is fired,” Trump said while stumping for Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange. “Total disrespect of our heritage. A total disrespect of everything that we stand for.”
His racial pandering angers me. His lack of dignity saddens me. I am enraged that Donald Trump shirked his responsibility to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.