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Donald Trump could also be boycotting the NFL, however he also needs to most likely cease watching cable information if he desires to keep away from criticism for trashing gamers who protest.
On Monday, a day after greater than 200 NFL gamers took a knee, sat, or stayed within the locker room throughout the nationwide anthem, even Fox Information' Shepard Smith is defending their proper to protest.
The Fox Information anchor informed his visitor, POLITICO reporter Rachael Bade, that those that interpret the gamers' demonstrations as unpatriotic and disrespectful to the flag (together with the president himself) are incorrect.
"It's extremely clear, that from his base, that is the pink meat of all pink meat, as a result of they're in a position to reframe this. They're in a position to say, 'Oh, they're attacking the nationwide anthem. They're attacking the troops. They're attacking the flag.' None of which they're doing. They are not doing any of that. They're upset about racial injustice within the nation, they usually're upset in regards to the issues that the president has mentioned. And he is in a position to flip it round for his base."
Bade mentioned the incident was "dangerous throughout for Republicans," because it seems to many who Trump is "bullying black soccer gamers," simply weeks after the white nationalist riots in Charlottesville.
On Friday, President Trump denounced protests of the nationwide anthem, like these carried out by former San Francisco 49ers participant Colin Kaepernik to take a stand towards systemic racism and police brutality. He informed attendees of his rally in Alabama that he would like to see NFL homeowners reply to protesters by saying, "Get that son of a bitch off the sector proper now. Out. He is fired! He is fired!"
Brave Patriots have fought and died for our nice American Flag —- we MUST honor and respect it! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Smith referred to as those that framed the story as athletes disrespecting American values complicit in concocting a false narrative.
He additionally mentioned this assault on the NFL might all be a method crafted by the president to distract from his get together's failure to ship on well being care guarantees and the rising tensions with North Korea.