In this off-season, the National Football League’s players will undoubtedly work hard in preparation for another rowdy autumn to winter campaign. The league’s ivory tower, however, has another problem on their hands.
The past two seasons of professional American football have been plagued with a misguided and mis-aimed protest against the broad subject of “racial injustice”, led by head cheerleader for Black Lives Matter and former NFL backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In these protests, players of the second and third string would kneel, sit, or stretch during the playing of the American national anthem. They would stand, however, for the British Anthem during games played in London.
This protest was wholly infuriating to level headed Americans who realized that there was no correlation between the Anthem and racial injustice. The timing of the protest was simply a way to get attention as quickly as possible. It’s the equivalent of a young boy’s birthday party being ruined by his older sister’s temper tantrum.
President Trump has weighed in on the subject of the anthem kneeling fad several times, never letting up on his criticism of the act.
The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
Now, an author with inside access to the White House has described in his new book the very personal and guttural reaction that the President had to actually witnessing the protest for himself.
Ronald Kessler, author of The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game, said President Donald Trump was emotionally affected by NFL players disrespecting the national anthem via kneeling protests during its pre-game recitals. He offered his remarks during a Monday interview with SiriusXM host Rebecca Mansour on Breitbart News Tonight.
Kessler characterized Trump’s criticisms of Colin Kaepernick—an NFL player who kneltduring pre-game recitals of the national anthem as a protest against what he said is a “country that oppresses black people and people of color”—as “innate” and “emotional.”
Kessler remarked, “That was such an emotional thing for [Donald Trump] to see someone openly disrespect the national anthem, and so many Americans agree with that. That is why he got elected, because he understands that. He understands those values.
President Trump is a populist, after all. He is a man who wants his success to become the blueprint, not the once in a blue moon.
What Kaepernick doesn’t understand, and what his copycats have ignored, is the reality that they’ve attempted to co-opt the Star Spangled Banner. The only guy who has ever gotten away with that is Jimi Hendrix, and I don’t think anyone in the world is going to argue against letting that one slide.