September 25th, 2017

Anndddd, we have Colin Kaepernick for the wind. Once again, President Donald John Trump thinking that firing up the base was the solution to all his problems has thrown gasoline on what was an honorable and sincere protest and transformed taking a knee into a bonfire across the NFL.

Les Carpenter, writing in Colin Kaepernick has won: he wanted a conversation and Trump started it for The Guardian explains:

All Colin Kaepernick ever asked was for his country to have a conversation about race.

This, he warned, would not be easy. Such talks are awkward and often end in a flurry of spittle, pointed fingers and bruised feelings. But from the moment the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback first spoke about his decision to kneel or sit during the national anthem, he said was willing to give up his career to make the nation talk.

In one speech on Friday night, Donald Trump gave Kaepernick exactly what he wanted. With a fiery blast at protesting NFL players that seemingly came from nowhere, the president bonded black and white football players with wealthy white owners in a way nobody could have imagined. By saying any player who didn’t stand for the anthem was a “son of a bitch” and should be fired by his team’s owner, Trump crossed a line from which no one could look away.

Here’s how my local poor excuse for a fish wrap covered the day:

Browns linebacker James Burgess tweeted before Sunday’s game that he was a supporter of Donald Trump, but Friday night’s comments by the president let him down.

“I was a Trump supporter. It wasn’t a hate tweet,” Burgess said following Sunday’s game. “I don’t hate the dude. I was just let down by those words. Those words made me feel uncomfortable when he said it.”

Burgess was one of at least 20 Browns players who knelt during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game.

Those words, of course, came at a rally when Trump 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. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!'”

Trump has singlehandedly made son of a bitch as toxic as nigger.

Writing in Donald Trump’s Allies Join His Crusade Against The NFL, Henry Gomez examines those coming to Trump’s defense:

A political group with close ties to President Donald Trump is amplifying his attack on professional athletes who kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest.

“Turn off the NFL,” reads a digital ad produced by the nonprofit America First Policies, which planned to begin spreading the message on social media Sunday afternoon.

The ad includes a photo with Trump, hand over his heart, and a #TakeAStandNotAKnee hashtag. It follows Trump’s recent remarks, first delivered during a Friday night speech in Alabama, aimed at football players who have protested police brutality and other causes.

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