Friday, September 22, President DONALD TRUMP was in HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA for an appearance to speak in support of then-incumbent REPUBLICAN Senator LUTHER STRANGE who was facing a run-ff election on Tuesday, September 27, that he lost!!!
During his rambling remarks President TRUMP drifted off into the political arena of the current NFL PLAYER NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTESTS, and; decided to give the entire world a piece of mind on what he thought of the players, protesters, an; the league.
POTUS #45 said;
"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?'"TIME Magazine reports Trump sprays outrage like a comedian testing material, and the thunderous applause told the President he had struck gold. So he pressed the attack. Some two dozen times over the next five days, he questioned the protesters' patriotism and labeled them "privileged" millionaires who lacked respect or gratitude.
But quite apart from whether North Korea or Puerto Rico was a better focus of his attention, why run the risk of blowback by taking on one of the few American institutions that appeals across party lines, state lines, class and color lines? For this President, the words usually matter less than the music. The point was not that he was attacking the actions of black football players; the point was that he was telling his supporters, once again, I'm one of you, I'm on your side, and I'm willing to endure the ridicule of the elites in order to say out loud what you are thinking. The descants about political correctness, racial grievance and class resentment toward millionaire athletes all reminded his base why he was one of them.
DONALD TRUMP and his remarks on Friday night led to Sunday, September 24, becoming the NFL SUNDAY that the entire world will never forget.
So began a Sunday of football when the spectacle on the sidelines outshone the action on the field. The Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars set the tone from London, in the first game on Sept. 24. Some players took a knee, while others linked arms in solidarity--including Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who was among seven NFL owners to donate $1 million or more to Trump's Inauguration. Members of the Miami Dolphins warmed up in #Imwithkap T-shirts. At the Atlanta Falcons--Detroit Lions game in Detroit, singer Rico LaVelle knelt while performing the anthem, joining 10 players. In Nashville, every player on the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks chose to remain in the locker room during the anthem. Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews took the field with the words We all bleed the same and we are one written on his cleats. Even New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a close Trump friend and generous donor, criticized the President's remarks.
The movement spread beyond football. Basketball star LeBron James called the President a "bum" after Trump rescinded a White House invitation to NBA champions the Golden State Warriors following criticism from guard Stephen Curry, one of the world's most popular athletes. The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA left the floor during the national anthem before Game 1 of the league finals. Hall of Fame hoopster Bill Russell, age 83, joined Twitter to post a photo of his 6 ft. 10 in. frame kneeling, with a Presidential Medal of Freedom around his neck, above the hashtag #takeaknee. Bruce Maxwell, a rookie catcher for the Oakland A's, became the first MLB player to kneel during the anthem.
Taken together, it was the largest, most potent demonstration of social activism among athletes in the history of the U.S.
UNIVERSITY Of CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY SOCIOLOGIST Dr. HARRY EDWARDS helped organize the sports protest by JOHN CARLOS and TOMMIE SMITH during which time they raised black-gloved fists while on the winners podium at the MEXICO CITY 1968 OLYMPICS.
Dr. HARRY EDWARDS said;
"This was a watershed moment."Legendary STEVIE WONDER began a performance in NEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PARK by kneeling in support of the players.
Former GOP Sen. JOE WALSH said about STEVIE WONDER;
"another ungrateful black millionaire.LOUISIANA GOP Sen. JOHN KENNEDY said;
"I don't think any American wants to take away the right to free speech of professional football players. I wouldn't have said it the way he said it, but President Trump is saying what a lot of Americans are thinking. Does there have to be politics to everything? I mean, do you really have to inject politics into a football game?"
OAKLAND A's Catcher BRUCE MAXWELL, who was raised in Alabama by his BLACK military Father and WHITE Mother retorted;
"People say you have to keep politics out of sports. But he's the one who put politics into sports when he decided to demean certain athletes as players and as people."2017 is NOT the first time that DONALD JOHN TRUMP has attacked a national sports organization, i.e., a national football organization.
In 1983, the real estate mogul bought the NEW JERSEY GENERALS, one of 18 teams in the upstart United States Football League (USFL), in time for its second season the following year. The USFL was conceived as a complement to the NFL, not a competitor; it played its games in the spring. Trump had a different vision.
Within two years he persuaded his fellow owners to move to the fall, and he sued the NFL, alleging antitrust violations.
As the USFL bled cash, the courts stonewalled Trump's legal attack. The upstart league, which had sought up to $1.7 billion in damages, was awarded a measly $3 in the case. The disastrous outcome left the new league in ruins. But Trump never abandoned his dream of joining the exclusive club of owners in the most prestigious American sport. In 1988, he considered buying the New England Patriots. In 2014, he said he offered $1 billion to purchase the Buffalo Bills, but was outbid.
At a rally in January 2016, #45 said about the NFL;
"Football has become soft like our country has become soft."Professional sports have long been a looking glass for American culture and identity. At the BERLIN 1936 OLYMPICS in 1936, the Track Star JESSE OWENS dominated international competition, dispelling Nazi theories of racial superiority in the process. In 1940s BROOKLYN DODGERS Infielder #42 JACKIE ROBINSON broke baseball's color barrier, marking the beginning of the end of segregation in the nation's top sports leagues.
The social role of athletes intensified in the 1960s and '70s, when superstars with an activist bent such as ILL RUSSELL, MUHAMMAD ALI, and ARTHUR ASHE helped shape the era's civil-rights movement. Tennis star Billie Jean King blazed a trail for female and LGBT athletes, and HIV-positive diver Greg Louganis challenged misconceptions about the virus. The Olympic-gold-medalist decathlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner changed the debate about transgender issues after coming out as Caitlyn. Part of the power of sports is that the imaginary intimacy between fans and their icons can spur social change.
The social role of athletes intensified in the 1960s and '70s, when superstars with an activist bent such as Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe helped shape the era's civil-rights movement. Tennis star Billie Jean King blazed a trail for female and LGBT athletes, and HIV-positive diver Greg Louganis challenged misconceptions about the virus. The Olympic-gold-medalist decathlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner changed the debate about transgender issues after coming out as Caitlyn. Part of the power of sports is that the imaginary intimacy between fans and their icons can spur social change.
For NFL Players and much of BLACK AMERICA, it has been very difficult to rationalizer justify the COMMANDER-In-CHIEF calling BLACK ATHLETES Sons of B!7&hes for exercising their constitutional right to peaceful protest.
DENVER BRONCOS Linebacker BRANDON MARSHALL said;
"Why didn't he condemn what was going on in Charlottesville?. For him to condemn us for exercising our rights, that says a lot about him as a President."A WHITE HOUSE Spokesman chimed;
"The national anthem and the American flag are symbols of the commitment Americans make to our country and its ideals. They serve as a humbling reminder of those who have fought and died to ensure that we remain one nation, under God, indivisible--something for which the President will always stand firm."In2010, Republican FLORIDA Representative/PURPLE HEART Recipient BRIAN MAST lost both legs in a IED explosion in KANDAHAR.
Rep. BRIAN MAST said;
The venue is not what it's about. It's about disrespecting the flag and our country. They're using the national anthem as an opportunity."PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Safety MALCOLM JENKINS has been a leader in this protest movement.
MALCOLM JENKINS sid;
"We wanted to show our fan base that we support each other, that we have each other's back, and we'll continue to be champions for our communities."DENVER BRONCOS Defensive End DEREK WOLFE said;
"The greatest country in the world, and you reside here. Why do you stay?"MIAMI DOLPHINS Safety/STANFORD UNIVERSITY Graduate MICHAEL THOMAS said;
"When somebody with that huge a name uses a platform to fight for a cause, it moves mountains. It just can't be black players. If we get more of our NFL bothers who are white, the narrative is going to change. It's that simple."NFL Long Snapper/Former U.S. ARMY Green Beret NATE BOYER said;
"The most frustrating thing is that people weren't kneeling because they believe police brutality is too high or because of racial inequality. They took a knee because they don't like Donald Trump. We're now equating the American flag with a person--not the 300 million diverse people it's supposed to represent."
The divide is a reminder of how differently people see the American condition. It's also notable that few, if any, prominent white NFL players, such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or JJ Watt, have taken a knee, though Brady called Trump's remarks "divisive" and all three linked arms with teammates. Such a move could send a powerful message to white America that black players are fighting for issues that matter to everyone.
The protests, if they continue, should spark other conversations, not only about race, justice and inequality but also about how to respond to a President with a knack for choosing battles that benefit him, no matter how divisive. As has often been the case, Trump turned a protest with specific goals--from racial equality to criminal-justice reform--into a referendum on the President himself.
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Trump's full NFL comments from today's press gaggle on South Lawn. pic.twitter.com/aLvF8IosJv— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) September 27, 2017
Trump's comments in Alabama tonight on the NFL's rule changes and ongoing anthem protests. pic.twitter.com/yEUumh31pq— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) September 23, 2017