Trump was in the spotlight for his first State of the Union address this week.
It was a pivotal moment for the president and Trump rose to the occasion.
But no one was expecting the way he’d use the Bully Pulpit to throw down the gauntlet on the NFL.
The Washington Examiner reports:
President Trump took a subtle jab at the NFL during his first official State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, praising the respect Americans show for veterans when they stand for the national anthem.
Trump was praising Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old who was a guest of first lady Melania Trump after he helped ensure American flags were placed on veterans’ grave sites. He never mentioned the NFL directly, but said Preston reminded the nation about the importance of standing for the national anthem.
“Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem,” the president said.
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Trump spoke for many Americans last fall when he called for NFL owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem.
He believes making an example of those few players, like Colin Kaepernick, would’ve nipped the nascent protests in the bud.
The NFL called Trump’s comments divisive and protested en masse that week.
Fans were outraged.
The 2017 season was mired in controversy as game attendance dwindled and TV ratings plummeted.
Networks quit showing the national anthem on TV, though video of fans booing kneeling players would appear on Twitter from people in attendance.
Things eventually got so bad the NFL decided to cancel the final Sunday Night Football game of the season.
With the Super Bowl just around the corner, the NFL will have its biggest stage of the year.
In the past, broadcasts of the Super Bowl have included the singing of our national anthem.
What do you think will happen Sunday?
Will the NFL stand quietly by while Trump-hating players take Trump’s bait and make fools of themselves and the entire league by launching anthem protests on Sunday?
Or will the NFL finally start forcing their players to respect the nation that has enabled them to become so rich by playing a game?
Vote in our poll below and let us know if you’ll be watching or boycotting in the comments!