Mr. Trump still won’t give the national anthem a rest these days. On Wednesday, he announced that he was starting a petition aimed at ESPN’s policy of not televising the national anthem before NFL games. CBS also followed ESPN with a similar policy. Now, the president ripped both ESPN and CBS again on Friday for their decisions.
During a speech at a Republican Party dinner, he said:
‘We’re standing proudly for our great, beautiful, wonderful national anthem, which CBS, I just heard they joined the crew, and ESPN have decided not to broadcast so they don’t have any controversy. Can you imagine that? They’re not going to broadcast the national anthem CBS and ESPN, how do we like that, is that good?
‘So that’s CBS and ESPN folks, enjoy your television.’
‘I’m calling on you to join me in denouncing this SPINELESS surrender to the politically correct liberal mob. I was the first person to sign this petition. Now I need you to follow my lead and be the second.’
Trump has continually criticized NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem as a demonstration against systemic racism and police brutality toward black men. Last fall, he sparked a huge debate when he 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!”‘
In Early August, Mr. Trump attacked NFL players again on Twitter, saying:
‘ … A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!’
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