It looks like President Donald Trump is not finished with the NFL anthem protest issue. He recently took another step to convince the NFL to require players to stand for the national anthem.
According to Fox News, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that while he does not agree with NFL players kneeling for the anthem, he would not force them to do so. The president responded by launching a petition to persuade the NFL’s leadership to require players to stand while the anthem is played.
The controversy started last year when quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel while the national anthem was being played before each game. While there were many who criticized the protests, people stopped paying as much attention to the issue over the long run.
The debate was reignited once again when President Trump called out players who kneel for the national anthem at a speech last month. During the speech, he said that players who refuse to stand for the national anthem should be fired.
Since then, we’ve seen more NFL players using the national anthem to stage their protests. Some teams tried to find a compromise — the Dallas Cowboys knelt before the anthem was played — then stood after the song began.
Many criticized the president for his comments about NFL players — others who agreed with his stance on the issue only took issue with the way he expressed his disagreement. Of course, the Left did what they do best: injected racism into the controversy. The NFL’s ratings have dropped dramatically, as football fans who just wanted to watch the game — not politics — decided to tune out.
After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that he “will not change the league’s policy to require players to stand, as the NBA does,” Trump tweeted:
“The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!”
On his campaign website, the president has placed a petition allowing Americans to express their belief that NFL players should stand for the national anthem. People can sign it, and their names will be added to the petition.
The president is hoping that, if the petition gets enough signatures, the NFL’s leadership will reconsider their decision. However, it is not yet known how many signatures it has received, or whether or not it will sway the NFL’s stance on this issue.
The NFL protests have become one of the most prominent battles in today’s culture war. Trump is doing something many other Republican presidents have not done, by focusing on the culture.
Donald Trump is still taking the NFL to task. Do you agree with him?
In this particular battle, there are several different components: racism, patriotism, police brutality, and the role of government in influencing private businesses. It is interesting to note that, after Trump made his comments about protesting players being fired, support for these players rose.
This might indicate that the president is losing the battle — but the fact that the majority of Americans still believe that players should stand for the anthem suggests otherwise. Additionally, the ratings drop that the NFL has experienced is another indicator that the majority of the country does not agree with the method the NFL players are using to protest police brutality — even if they agree with their stance on the issue.