National Football League players and coaches talk Trump, chance of more protests

During his speech, he zeroed in on the latest round of NFL players who have knelt during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, calling for the "sons of bitches" to be taken off the field and fired.

The president's criticism sparked a massive response from almost every NFL team during football games on Sunday and Monday, with more players choosing to kneel and players, owners and coaches linking arms during or before the National Anthem in response to Trumps' comments.

"I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it's disgraceful", Trump said.

Trump was asked by a reporter while he was departing the White House via Marine One on Wednesday about the inconsistency between the First Amendment rights of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists to protest in Charlottesville, Va., and the rights of National Football League players to protest.

Another element of this issue is the argument that during a football or other sporting event is not the correct "time or place" to protest.

And the timing of Trump's over concern is interesting.

Trump says he began criticizing the players because he has "so many friends that are owners".

The one player on the Pittsburg Steelers bold enough to not cave in to his team's staged anti-America protest is now receiving backlash for being the only team member to abide by the NFL's rules. It seems the freedom and opportunity they have in sports to make millions of dollars gives them the right to ignore the lives that can not no longer play sports or go to a game because they died for your ability to do so.

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He's also correct when he says athletes should stand during the national anthem. On Sunday dozens of players from several teams refused to stand or take the field during the playing of the national anthem.

A former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and retired four-star general blasted President Donald Trump in an op-ed Tuesday, claiming Trump took a peaceful protest that was "within the tolerance of normal American political discourse" and turned it into a moment for political gain with his base.

I, as well as all military personnel, have fought and are still fighting for the right to kneel or stand for the national anthem.

Trump has said that he believes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to get rid of the filibuster, a rule that now requires 60 votes to pass legislation in the chamber. When asked whether the National Football League should institute a similar rule, 48 percent of respondents agreed, while 38 percent said such a rule is not necessary.

"Look, I have dealt with Mitch for a long time. It's a disaster for the Republican Party because it means you needs 60 votes on most pieces of legislation and you are not going to get it", Trump said. "And it's ok to express your feelings a different way, but I don't want to make it where every week we're addressing this, every practice we're addressing this, taking away from our job".

When asked if he can trust Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Trump responded, "it's not a question of trust". I have spoken to a couple of them. It's not really trust. However, it's worth noting that there is very little unified opinion on any one angle - i.e.

"We've got to keep talking about it".

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