Trump Slammed For ‘Racist’ Comment That NFL Players Who Kneel Should Leave The Country

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he walks across the South Lawn while departing the White House May 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump is traveling to New York where he will tour the Morrelly Homeland Security Center and then attend a roundtable discussion and dinner with supporters before returning to Washington. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Slammed For ‘Racist’ Comment That NFL Players Who Kneel Should Leave The Country

The president strongly supported the NFL's decision to infringe on athletes' First Amendment rights by fining any who protest during the anthem.

Published May 24, 2018

In a conversation with Fox & Friends, President Donald Trump not only voiced his support for the NFL’s new anthem policy to fine players who kneel, but he also went as far as to suggest those athletes, who are predominantly Black, "shouldn't be in the country at all."

In the NFL’s new policy, failing “to stand and show respect” for the flag and the anthem will result in a fine for a player’s team. Players will have the opportunity to remain the locker rooms during the anthem, yet any kneeling will be punished.

Based on Trump’s conversation with Fox News, the president believes the NFL’s choice to back him up is a win.

  1. “Well, I think that’s good,” Trump told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade. “I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but I still think it’s good.”

     “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem—or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”

  2. Trump's statement about kicking Black athletes who protest police brutality out of the country was met with extreme outrage
  3. Additionally, many thought if anyone should leave the country, it should be the person suppressing the athletes' right to protest

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


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