It's nearly football season, which means it's almost time for Donald Trump to tweet about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem in order to appeal to his racist base and further divide Americans. Just kidding, he's already started.
Earlier today President Trump took to Twitter to once again criticize NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial discrimination in the United States. But the president took it one step further by threatening the players to either stand during the anthem or facing getting suspended without pay.
The NFL players are at it again - taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018
.....Be happy, be cool! 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018
Of course, Trump actually can't suspend NFL players without pay because he's the President of the United States of America, and not a dictator who can force his policies onto private corporations, as much as he'd probably like to be the latter.
It's unclear how the NFL will actually handle national anthem protests this year. Earlier this year they announced a new policy that said players who knelt during the anthem could be fined by their teams. But after teams actually began instituting policies to fine players for kneeling, outrage led to the NFL suspending that policy and they're still working with the NFL Player's Association to determine the best course or action.
While Trump may not be able to suspend NFL players, we guarantee he'll continue tweeting about the issue throughout the entire season so he can distract his racist fans from seeing how much of a dumpster fire his administration has been.
(h/t Talking Points Memo)