Here’s Why Trump’s NFL Rant Was His Most Blatant Display of Racism Yet

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.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    Fake news alert: “However, if you’re a member of the KKK, a Nazi, or a white supremacist, well, not all of you are bad people.” -from above article

    What Trump did say in context:
    “They didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.” -Trump 8/15/17

    You could disagree on the virtue of keeping Robert E. Lee statues in a park or naming a sports team after sometimes violent historical groups like Fighting Irish, Vikings, or Indian tribes or even name high schools and highways after Barack Obama but there are actually people who support such things. Also note that Trump suggested there were “very fine people on BOTH SIDES”. The edited fake news take above deleted that point. Trump is suggesting that the other side wasn’t all Antifa brownshirts showing up with weapons. He left room for others who came to, for instance, peaceably assemble.

    To the main topic: Americans should not be expected to participate in flag ceremonies should they choose not to. Trump is wasting political capital involving himself.

    • MisterYT_WillBurnForSure

      Not that I necessarily doubt your transcription, but a source would be nice. Regardless, it’s irrelevant if they called themselves Nazis or not when they were chanting Nazi slogans and carrying Nazi flags. Secondly, are they really “very fine people” if they were marching with the didn’t-say-we-were-nazis? Perhaps I missed it but was there a separate peaceful pro-statue demonstration in Charlottesville that night?

      • strayaway

        Per your request: Full text: “Trump’s comments on white supremacists, ‘alt-left’ in Charlottesville” -POLITICO 08/15/2017 (very nice). Was everyone “chanting Nazi slogans and carrying Nazi flags”? I doubt it but I wasn’t there. Please reread Trump’s quote in its entirety. He said there were some very bad people in that group and also said there were very fine people on both sides. Last week there was also some sort of alt-right gathering in Washington, D.C.. Some black lives matter people came along. Once again, police stood down. I’m always curious about the decision to let hostile groups go at each other. However, this time, an alt-right guy turned the stage over to Black Lives in the name of free speech. YouTube “This Is What Happened When Black Lives Matter Activists Were Invited On Stage at a Pro-Trump Rally” The Black Lives spokesman turned out to be an excellent speaker and had the crowd cheering. One of my progressive friends posted an article hostile to these two groups finding they had things in common. It must have been a threat to progressives who, as we see here, revel in twisting facts, if necessary, to keep their narrative alive.