On Friday, President Trump told the NFL that they should be firing players who protest during the national anthem. His exact words were, “get that son of a b—- off the field right now.”
Trump was holding a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, in support of incumbent Senator Luther Strange.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out, you’re fired!’”
Most people saw this as an attack on Colin Kaepernick though his name was not mentioned specifically.
Kaepernick’s mother, Teresa responded to a journalist’s tweet with the comment, “Guess that makes me a proud b—-!”
“Prediction: Not one NFL owner, not Roger Goodell will say one word about what [Trump] said about Kaep or other NFL players. Not. A. One,” ESPN’s Jemele Hill tweeted.
Pres. Trump discusses kneeling during national anthem at football game: "That's a total disrespect of our heritage" https://t.co/PYcZWSvN5I
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 23, 2017
While Kaepernick has been criticized by those who saw his protest as un-American, he felt the need to stand up against police brutality and his protest has spread to other players.
Trump also spoke of how football games have become less violent than in the past.
“They’re ruining the game,” he said. He complained about players being thrown out of the game for aggressive tackles saying, “it’s not the same game.”
The reason that the game has become less violent is that studies have shown the tremendous damage that can be done to the brains of football players through physical trauma.
Fewer people watch football than they used to and Trump is convinced that it is all due to players protesting.
Here are some of the responses to his comments.
Donald Trump referred to Colin Kaepernick as a 'son of a bitch' at his Alabama rally? He didn't even call the #Charlottesville murderer that
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) September 23, 2017
Very revealing that the harshest language Trump has ever used as President was reserved for Black men protesting injustice. https://t.co/v2I6tf5ZHq
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 23, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 23, 2017
"Get that son of a bitch off the field"- black man protesting racial injustice
"Very fine people"- white people demanding racial injustice
— Jared Rizzi (@JaredRizzi) September 23, 2017
Donald Trump has gone after Jemele Hill and Colin Kaepernick stronger than he went after Nazis.
— B. ? (@knicks148) September 23, 2017
If you aren't speaking up for Kaepernick TODAY, you probably wouldn't have supported Muhammad Ali when he was protesting the Vietnam War.
— LEFT✍? (@LeftSentThis) September 22, 2017
Anyone unwilling to call Trump out as a white supremacist is a coward.
— Lincoln A. Blades (@lincolnablades) September 23, 2017
— Joseph Esparza (@Political_Viper) September 23, 2017