Trump Tweets Again: #TakeTheKnee Saga Continues As Celebrities, North Korea And Black Twitter Come For 45
The president is doubling down on his earlier tweets.
September 25, 2017 at 11:13 pm
Over the weekend, the president of the United States swore at NFL players and called for them to be fired for kneeling in protest of racial inequality.
Although his base loved it, many were quick to criticize the move, including members of his own party, who themselves got on bended knee to beg the president to put as much effort (or any effort) into helping them to pass their repeal of Obamacare this week.
Instead, on healthcare Trump said according to the Hill, “That’s the end of that.”
Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have said that they won’t be backing the bill. Susan Collins (R-ME) has said that she doesn’t see herself voting for it either.
A new tax plan and a Hillary Clinton-esque e-mail scandal are brewing for the Trump administration as well. And this weekend, North Korea gave a no-nonsense speech at the U.N., saying that it wasn’t going to stop developing nuclear weapons, and what’s more, that Donald Trump’s words make “our rocket’s visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable,” the Independent reports.
With all that (not to mention other domestic issues such as St. Louis, Puerto Rico’s destruction and Harvey/Irma clean-up) on his plate, the president sent out a new series of tweets criticizing the NFL and its players.
Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
General John Kelly totally agrees w/ my stance on NFL players and the fact that they should not be disrespecting our FLAG or GREAT COUNTRY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.#StandForOurAnthem🇺🇸— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
Although there were protests before the president's tweets, the attention he has brought to the issue has created something of a snowball effect.
Restaurants didn't show NFL games amid the controversy, per ABC Alabama, and many prominent figures decided to speak up about the NFL protests and Trump’s subsequent response to them.
Actor Jesse Williams defended the protests on MSNBC, calling the national anthem nothing but a "scam" for military recruitment.
“It’s also important to realize this anthem thing is a scam,” Williams said. “This is not actually part of football. This was invented in 2009 from the government paying the NFL to market military recruitment to get more people to go off and fight wars to die.”
“This has nothing to do with [the] NFL, or American pastime or tradition,” Williams added. “This is to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people. They’re marketing. They’re pumping millions and millions of dollars into the NFL to get us to put on a pageant in front of the NFL football games to get you to go off and fight.”
Michael Jordan, who is known for remaining mum on controversial political issues during his NBA career has begun to speak up more nowadays. “One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest. Those who exercise the right to peacefully express themselves should not be demonized or ostracized,” Jordan told the Charlotte Observer.
“At a time of increasing divisiveness and hate in this country, we should be looking for ways to work together and support each other and not create more division," Jordan continued while adding that he supports the NBA and the players in their choice to exercise their free speech rights.
Rep. John Lewis rightfully noted that #TakeTheKnee was a part of history:
The young people kneeling today are following a long tradition. #TakeAKnee #goodtrouble pic.twitter.com/kxZDMfrGF5— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) September 25, 2017
Naturally, Twitter went ham on Trump in a series of tweets, some of which included quoting words by a"real president," Barack Obama. From hurricane relief to business shade, Twitter had every aspect of the clapback covered!
Before Donald Trump was feuding with NFL players, he was a failed football owner himself pic.twitter.com/vd68kpl9W0— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 25, 2017
This is how a Real President speaks about the #TakeTheKnee protest & Democracy. pic.twitter.com/dD3NoYe7B9— Kanisha Jackson (@Kanisha1Jackson) September 25, 2017
Considering what Trump, Sessions, Ryan & McConnell are trying to do in Washington, we should all be on our knees. #TakeTheKnee.— Rev. Dr. Barber (@RevDrBarber) September 25, 2017
Again - to the owners of the NFL - what did Donald Trump say that you haven't already lived out by preventing Kaepernick from playing?— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 24, 2017
New York's Governor give the Puerto Rico speech Donald Trump should’ve given pic.twitter.com/jKhaDocXWY— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 25, 2017
Asked about Donald Trump, Russell Westbrook says “I’m definitely not in agreeance with anything he says and I never will be.” pic.twitter.com/8H8KDZN3G8— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) September 25, 2017
Let's be clear: Donald Trump is trying to ignite a new culture war against pro sports' biggest African-American stars.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 25, 2017
Donald Trump unambiguously believes tiki torch Nazi protests include "fine people" and that black athletes who kneel are "sons of bitches."— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 25, 2017
Amongst the shade and jokes, The Democratic Coalition filed a legit ethics complaint against the president for his calls for NFL protesters to be fired:
#BREAKING: Ethics complaint was just filed against Donald Trump by @TheDemCoalition for calling on NFL players who #TakeTheKnee to be fired.— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) September 24, 2017
Oh, and let's not forget the fear impending war that is slipping right on by Trump:
North Korea just legit declared war on America and Donald Trump is still busy fighting with NFL and NBA players.😁— Ferdinand (@Burmese_Tyga) September 25, 2017