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Trump Attacks Football Players Who Protest More Harshly Than Neo-Nazis

The president called players that protest the National Anthem "son of a b**ch" at a rally in Alabama.

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During a rally in Huntsville, Alabama for Sen. Luther Strange on Friday, President Donald Trump went on an unhinged rant calling for NFL owners to fire players who "disrespect" the flag on Sunday. 

Trump's statements were aimed at many active NFL players who have come out in support of former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem protest. Many players have taken a knee and others have decided to raise a fist in solidarity with Kaepernick who has yet to be signed by an NFL team. 

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say: 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired,"' said Trump.

In addition to dismissing the players' right to protest, the president claimed that refs are ruining the game of football by preventing violent collisions in the game. His random statements were met with applause from the crowd but extreme criticism on social media.

NFL players had enough and blasted Trump for his attack on players – an attack that neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville were not subjected to.  

Since the rant, Twitter users have demanded that players – black and white – take a knee to spite Trump. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put out a statement Saturday morning saying Trump's comments were "divisive" and "demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.

Here is the full rant below: 

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