Donald Trump made news over the weekend when he attacked NFL stars for following Colin Kaepernick's lead and protesting the national anthem — and then threw shade at the NBA after Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors declined his invitation to the White House (a longstanding tradition for championship-winning teams).
Given his presidency thus far, the actions were not surprising in the least, but it has reinvigorated support for Kaepernick's longstanding protest. Celebrities of all kinds are speaking out against Trump's latest attack against the First Amendment, sports and Black people.
Let's start with recapping the tweets that brought the wrath:
If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Celebrities quickly stood up against Trump and gave the POTUS a piece of their mind.
45 admires Putin's "strong control" over his people, but Americans don't want to be ruled, because the First Amendment matters #TakeTheKnee— Kasi Lemmons (@kasi_lemmons) September 24, 2017
He's not declaring war on NFL and NBA. Owners are his donors. He's declaring way against black people with opinions. https://t.co/lnEIKs1e9I— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 23, 2017
If the ratings down, Trump will use it. In solidarity with #TakeTheKnee and the NFL, let's watch as much football as humanly possible. 🏈— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 24, 2017
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) September 24, 2017
- Martin Luther King, Jr.#TakeAKnee
See how others have showed support for Kaepernick's statement with BET Breaks, above.
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