The White House on Monday staunchly protected President Trump’s criticism of the NFL’s anthem opponents, saying it is “always appropriate” for the chairperson of the United States to “defend” the flag and the National Anthem.
A day after dozens of football players kneeled and fastened appendages in response to Trump’s head-on disapproval of such exposes, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders fielded various questions on Trump’s escalating feud with the NFL.
“This isn’t about the president being against anyone. This is about the president and millions of Americans washing for something, ” Sanders said. “Honoring the flag, the National Anthem and the men and women who fought to defend it.”
She added: “It is always appropriate for the chairmen of this country to promote our flag, to promote our national chant and ask beings to respect it.”
When pulped significantly about whether the president made his comments too far, Sanders said his mentions weren’t means to contentiou. She said the flag is “something that should bring us together , not divide us.”
“You’re missing the entire purpose–he is highlighting something that should be unifying, ” Sanders said, adding that it was a “celebration” of “patriotism.”
The controversy knocked off Friday evening at Trump’s rally in Alabama, when he called for players to be fired if they disrespected the flag.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of the following options NFL owners, when individual disrespects our signal, to say’ do that son of a b -off the field right now? Out! He’s burnt! He’s shot! ” Trump said to the crowd Friday, gleaning disapproval from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL musicians, and launching a days-long feud.
“Divisive commentaries like these demonstrate an haples lack of respect for the NFL, our huge sport and all of our participates, and a failure to understand the staggering coerce for good our associations and players represent in our community, ” Goodell said.
The controversy over digest for the National Anthem firstly inaugurated last football season, when former San Francisco 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest police inhumanity against the African-American community. Kaepernick is currently a free agent and has yet to be drafted to a team.
The president stepped up his Twitter criticisms of the NFL over the weekend, and continued into Monday — praising NASCAR and its love for not “disrespecting our Country.”