Trump is the best at speaking on things that do not concern him. He’s back to speaking on NFL affair, insisting that Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch should be penalized if he protests the national anthem again.
Lynch, who played in Mexico on Sunday, stood for the Mexican national anthem but sat for the American national anthem. So Trump called for his suspension (it’s not going to happen). Lynch has been sitting for the national anthem since last year, a silent protest against racism and police brutality.
Marshawn Lynch sits during the US national anthem, stands for Mexican anyhem pic.twitter.com/8wdaKprEki
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 19, 2017
“Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down,” Trump tweeted this morning.
Trump’s war against protesting players began in September, when he riled up his base against the league. At a rally in Alabama he said “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”
There seems to be a scary trend of Trump feuding with black athletes—it could be argued that to Trump, the professional sports is just a plantation.
He also recently went after LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball on Twitter. Last week, LiAngelo was arrested along with two UCLA teammates for stealing designer sunglasses while their team was in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Trump says that he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to give the athletes a pass. Trump has pivoted on his stance after feeling as if he we didn’t not receive ample gratitude, saying that he should’ve left the student athletes in jail.
“Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar,” Trump tweeted yesterday. “Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!”
For Trump to not respect an individual’s right to protest against some very real problems that he’s helped to sustain (police brutality, racism) is pathetic and embarrassing. We shouldn’t have to answer to a president with this standpoint, or one who openly regrets intervening in a situation that would’ve otherwise resulted in three American citizens remaining in a foreign jail. All of this, however, is what we’ve come to expect from a man who is proving to be America’s IRL nightmare of a political landscape.