Donald Trump is greatly offended when he thinks that people are not loyal to him. On the other hand, he does not even pretend to extend loyalty to others. He showed that during a rally in Alabama to support his Senate Republican candidate of choice, Luther Strange. The 6’9″ candidate is in a primary run-off with evangelical Christian Roy Moore, and Trump managed to pull his support from each of the candidates, disrespecting both at the same time.
The president said Strange has the “American values” much like everyone in the rally arena. Then, he went on to football in his rambling speech, the Washington Post reported:
‘When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop.’
As the crowd shouted “USA! USA! USA!” Trump continued, according to the Washington Post:
‘That’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for. Okay? Everything that we stand for. And I know we have freedoms, and we have freedom of choice and many, many different freedoms, but you know what? It’s still totally disrespectful.’
Then, Trump went for the climax:
‘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!” ‘
Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell pounded the president right back on Saturday. In a statement, he tackled Trump for wanting team owners to fire any players who took a knee during the national anthem:
‘The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month.’
Goodell wrote in his statement that Trump showed an “unfortunate lack of respect” for the players:
‘Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.’
The president said that NFL “ratings are down massively.” Not surprisingly, his reasons were weird. The Washington Post reported Trump attributed that to:
‘(Trump’s) own popularity, referees “ruining the game” to impress their wives watching at home and players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.’
Check out this video of Trump at that rally via the Washington Post:
Featured Image via CNN Twitter Page.