Boy, that’ll teach ’em!
Courtesy of Reuters:
United States President Donald Trump has said he will not watch National Football League (NFL) or U.S. soccer team matches if players do not stand for the national anthem.
The U.S. Soccer Federation last week said it had dropped its requirement that players stand during the anthem, saying the policy was wrong and detracted from the Black Lives Matter movement.
The policy was adopted in 2017 after U.S. women’s national team member Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the anthem before a game, in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt to call attention to racial injustice.
“I won’t be watching much anymore,” Trump tweeted late on Saturday in response to a report of Republican congressman Matt Gaetz criticising U.S. Soccer’s move.
“And it looks like the NFL is heading in that direction also, but not with me watching,” Trump said.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this month that the league had made mistakes in not listening to players and denounced racism in the country amid protests over police brutality against black people.
What kind of an ego must you have to believe that by refusing to watch a sport on TV that you can convince the team owners to deny civil rights to their players?
And if he thinks he can convince enough other folks to tune out in order to have an impact he is whistling up the wrong tree.
Men all over this country are starved for televised sports, and they are going to tune in even if every player on every team takes a knee during the National Anthem.
Trump has lost this battle and he is just too fucking stupid to realize that.