The NFL is the left’s latest attempt to weaponize a cultural institution.
Racist and anti-American players are throwing their radical politics in their fans faces and forcing everyone to pick a side.
But Donald Trump fought back and gave the protesters the worst news of their lives when he spoke these four words.
Trump was interviewed by Fox and Friends and the discussion naturally turned toward the protests.
The President was speaking for the vast majority of Americans when he said players should stand for the anthem out of respect.
That infuriated the pampered NFL millionaires who in turn escalated their protests.
In the interview Trump spoke on the protests and stated, “I think it’s disgraceful.”
He also noted that the league’s ratings are down – the NFL has seen an eleven percent dip from one year ago – as proof the players racial and anti-American politics are hurting the game.
“The president gave an interview to Fox & Friends which aired Thursday morning, and of course weekend co-host Pete Hegseth brought up Trump’s opposition to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality.
“You have certainly started a national conversation this week, Mr. President, on the NFL,” Hegseth cooed. “Your critics say it’s been a distraction, but you say it’s critical, you talk about words like ‘patriotism’ and ‘citizenship.’”
“Why is this such an important issue for you?” asked Fox & Friends’ most obsequious patriot.
Trump said the issue was not a distraction, before rattling through his achievements as president.
“But the NFL cannot disrespect our country, they cannot disrespect our flag or our national anthem.” Trump continued. “And they can’t have people sitting down or kneeling down during our national anthem.” (Both Hegseth and the president could do with reading this quick explanation of why everyone is kneeling.)…
…“When it comes to the respect of our nation, when it comes to the respect of our anthem and our flag — they have no choice. You have to have people stand with respect,” Trump concluded.”
…I have so many friends that are owners,” Trump said. “They’re in a box. I’ve spoken to a couple of them, they said we are in a situation where we have to do something. I think they’re afraid of their players…and I think it’s disgraceful.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) September 28, 2017
If ratings continue to drop, the networks that televise the games will lose hundreds of millions of dollars.
That is because they sell ads at a rate based on a certain level of viewership.
If they can’t deliver to the audience, they must give the advertisers makes goods – or free ads that run in place of commercials that are paid for.
The NFL’s business model – which depends on massive TV-rights fees – would then be threatened in the next round of contract negotiations.
We will keep you updated on any new developments in this story.