Donald Trump continued a three-day, 11 tweet tirade Monday morning blasting black players and their allies in the NFL for standing up against hate and racial discrimination, also retweeting a call to boycott the NFL organization.
The tirade played out amid a show of defiance from players on all 28 NFL teams.
“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect…….our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do! … Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand! … If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend! …
NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S. … Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings! … Courageous Patriots have fought and died for our great American Flag — we MUST honor and respect it! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! … Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy! …
So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear! … Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag! … The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”
Trump also retweeted a call to boycott the NFL: