Following Donald Trump’s hateful NFL rant, I hope, at least for this week, we see a huge wave of NFL players kneeling or sitting during the National Anthem. Trump’s rant in Alabama on Friday night perfectly exemplified what a vile, racist cretin he is.
While trying to play to his crowd (in one of the most racist states in the country), Trump decided to go after the less than 1 percent of NFL players who sit or kneel during the National Anthem as a form of protest.
Here’s a thought: maybe fewer players would be protesting if Trump reacted as angrily toward the KKK and Nazis marching through the streets of Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us,” perhaps calling them “sons of b*tches,” as opposed to calling NFL players who are peacefully protesting that derogatory term.
No, instead Trump actually defended the KKK and Nazis, insisting that, despite the media’s negative coverage of the white nationalist march that Saturday in Virginia, there were some “fine people” among the white supremacists.
So, real quick, to break down Trump’s “logic”:
- If you peacefully protest during the National Anthem you’re a “son of a b*tch” who shouldn’t have a job.
- However, if you’re a member of the KKK, a Nazi, or a white supremacist, well, not all of you are bad people.
Think about this: Trump didn’t even call the white nationalist terrorist who drove into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, killing one woman, a “son of a b*tch” — but he had no problem calling these NFL players who sit or kneel during the National Anthem that phrase.
Just let that sink in.
This was the most blatant display of racism we’ve seen from Trump yet during his time as “president.” He’s repeatedly defended white supremacists marching against the removal of racist Confederate monuments, insisting that not all of them are bad people — yet he’s now calling players who protest racial injustice “sons of b*tches.”
It’s easy to tell when Trump truly cares about something. He either rants about it during a speech or rages about it during one of his many childish Twitter rants.
He’s never done that — not even once — about racism against minorities, white supremacists, the KKK, or Nazis. The only time he’s ever spoken out in any sort of a negative way about these deplorable racists has come after he’s faced intense backlash for not speaking out strongly against them. Yet even the few times he has publicly condemned racism, he was either reading remarks that were written by someone else or he spent most of his time whining about the media, claiming that he condemns racism and they just don’t cover it.
Though Trump’s idiocy didn’t just stop at his comments on racism; he then mocked the NFL for making player’s safety a priority, saying it’s “not the same game anymore” because the league has made targeting of defenseless players or helmet-to-helmet hits penalties.
Simply put, Trump is an insecure, gutless blowhard. Let’s see him get out there and take one of those hits the league has now deemed against the rule, then let’s see if he complains about the NFL trying to protect players from head trauma that could lead to serious medical issues later in life.
This speech was a perfect display of the sort of outdated, regressive ignorance that fuels the Republican Party. A speech on race that sounded like something George Wallace might have given in Alabama 50 years ago, topped off with a rant against a sports league for trying to be more progressive about protecting the health of its players so they don’t suffer later in life with debilitating brain damage that’s been linked to early dementia and has even pushed some players to commit suicide.
I’d also like to point out that this was another clear example of the disdain Trump has for our First Amendment. It’s obvious that this wannabe dictator loathes the ability for anyone to have the freedom to say or do something with which he disagrees.
As I just said, in my opinion, this was Trump at the most racist I’ve seen him. Not because of anything he said, in particular, but because of the stark contrast in how passionately he spoke out against the NFL players who protest vs. how he “condemned” the white supremacists, the KKK, and Nazis who marched on Charlottesville — some of whom he feels are “fine people.”
It’s just another day that Donald Trump reminded everyone of what an absolute disgrace and national embarrassment he truly is.