Trump's blatant manipulation of "patriotism" to attack his perceived political enemies and foment his hard-right base is antithetical to our nation, which is built on free speech and the right to protest grievances against the government.
However, players that are on the field during the national anthem are required to stand. Teams can be fined for players that do not follow this policy. "Maybe you shouldn't be in the country".
"We are bringing them out by the thousands as you know, we are setting records, this is a record that I don't even like talking about it because it's so ridiculous, they shouldn't even be in the country", he continued.
Despite the new policy, New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson says he will not punish his players even if they continue to kneel during the anthem. "But still, I think it's good", Trump beamed in the interview, taped previous afternoon while Trump attended an anti-immigration event in NY. The subject suddenly exploded into national prominence - another divisive distraction completely invented by Trump. "I think it's the right thing to do".
"I talked to a former National Football League player yesterday who has said that players are already talking about other ways in which they can protest". Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
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"Hours after the new policy was announced, Vice President Pence tweeted "#Winning", with an image of an American flag and a screenshot of a CNN story about the new policy, which described the NFL's decision as "a stunning victory for President Trump". I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't. The changes also allow the league to fine teams for any protest during the anthem by one of its players.
Other Twitter users have noted that the National Football League is made up of predominantly black athletes, who could decide to boycott the ruling together.
That decision was immediately slammed by the NFL Players' Association.
Players began kneeling during the Stars and Stripes during 2016 in protest at police brutality and racial inequality. The president's words inflamed the protest controversy last season, and this time around, they're likely to have the same effect.