President Trump continued his rant against NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem, suggesting in a tweet this morning that the NFL should establish rules preventing players from kneeling.
The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
Earlier this morning Trump slammed the NFL's ratings, saying they were "way down" except for when audiences tune in to see whether or not there are protests during the national anthem. Today marks the fourth consecutive day that he has openly criticized the league and its players.
Ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
The president also commented on Monday night's Dallas Cowboys-Arizona Cardinals game. During last night's game, Cowboys players and owner Jerry Jones linked arms and knelt ahead of the national anthem. While the anthem played, they stood but continued to link arms.
At first, the president pointed out that there was booing and "great anger" when they knelt. He noted that when the team stood for the anthem, "big progress [was] being made."
The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made-we all love our country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
Trump ignited a firestorm Friday evening when he criticized professional athletes who protest by kneeling during the national anthem.
"Wouldn’t you love to see one of the NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now?'" he said at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.
Since then, the president has doubled down on his statement in a series of tweets and comments to reporters. Over the weekend, NFL teams, players and owners from across the league protested peacefully by kneeling, locking arms or skipping the national anthem in response to the president's criticism of players he claims are disrespecting the U.S. with their protests.