No matter what anyone thinks about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, the bottom line is this: As “President” of the United States, it’s none of Donald Trump’s damn business what the NFL’s policy is about this issue or what these players do or don’t do when that song is playing.
Trump’s continued tirade against the NFL, which is nothing more than his attempt to cause chaos and division among Americans because he knows that benefits him politically, is a gross abuse of power and I feel it’s actually illegal.
As per federal law,18 U.S. Code § 227:
(a)Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity—
- takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or
- influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another,
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.
(b)In this section, the term “covered government person” means—
- a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress
- an employee of either House of Congress; or
- the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code).
This is a current “president” playing partisan politics, abusing his power, and trying to bully and intimidate a private business into doing what he wants. He’s continued to try to slander the NFL and its players, while encouraging people to not watch their games, attend their events, or buy their merchandise. Not because the NFL is breaking any laws or violating the Constitution, but simply because he’s using this issue as a petty partisan attack to rile up his base and score some political points with the drone of mindless sheep who are stupid enough to continue to support him.
Even Rush Limbaugh said Trump’s rants against the NFL are starting to worry him:
There’s a part of this story that’s starting to make me nervous, and it’s this: I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior and power of anybody. That’s not where this should be coming from.
I don’t think that it is useful or helpful for any employee anywhere to be forced to do something because the government says they must.
We don’t want the president being able to demand anybody that he’s unhappy with behave in a way he requires.
Rush Limbaugh said that.
That’s exactly what Trump’s trying to do.
As “president” he’s using his power and influence to try to tell a private business, not only what policies that they should have, but how they should “punish” their employees, and how their employees should behave. All the while going after the business for continuing to not do what he wants.
The bottom line is, as “president,” as long as no laws are being broken, it’s absolutely none of Trump’s business, nor his right, to dictate to any private business how they should operate, what rules it should put in place, or how it handles its employees. If the NFL wants to allow its players to dance the Macarena during the National Anthem, guess what — it can!
This is a blatant abuse of power, it’s possibly illegal, and it should concern every American, no matter if you’re a Democrat, Republican, or consider yourself something else. None of us should ever support a president — any president — using their power to attack private businesses, go after private organizations, or to try to bully or threaten any private entity into doing what they want.
As long as a private business, organization, or ordinary person isn’t breaking the law or violating the Constitution, then it’s really not the government’s business to say anything about what they’re doing, what policies they have, how they handle their employees or how they decide to live their life.