Trump slams National Football League for not forcing players to stand for United States anthem
- Author: Ryan Wade Oct 22, 2017,
Oct 22, 2017, 0:58
"The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem".
Several NFL owners and player representatives met in NY on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing protests against racial injustice during the national anthem before games and decided not to take any action to penalize players participating in the protests.
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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is now using the National Football League players controversy he created last month to pad its email fundraising list. "Total disrespect for our great country!" "Stand for the National Anthem".
But, after a meeting Tuesday with union representatives and players, the league did promise to help support some of the causes targeted by the protesting players, including reform of the criminal justice system.
The Trump campaign released a petition encouraging everyone to stand for the national anthem.
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"Too much talk, not enough action", he said. Polls have found that a majority of Americans disapprove of the anthem protests but are unhappy with the way Trump has handled the issue.
"We want our players to be standing and we will continue to encourage them to get up", he said, adding that the members of the meeting had not discussed any possible sanctions against players knelt.
While the president and the league appeared to have reached a stalemate, some fans have said they are heeding Trump's calls to boycott games while the kneeling continues, which Trump has said is unpatriotic and an insult to the country's military veterans. "What we're trying to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is they're protesting". I think we also have to keep focus on this - we have about six or seven players that are involved with this protest at this point.
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