Trump: protesting athletes are out-of-touch millionaires who should stick with athletics

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The president resumed his broadside against pro athletes stimulating $15 m a year who have kneeled for the national anthem in protest of racial inequality

Donald Trump’s message to athletes could not be more clear: stick to sports.

The US president resumed his broadside against professional sportspeople who have kneeled for the national anthem in protest of racial inequality, casting them as out-of-touch millionaires who should have no quarrel with the country that’s enriched them in a live interview on Fox& Friends that aired Friday morning.

” They’re all saying,’ Oh, it has nothing to do with the flag, it’s the way we’ve been treated ,’ Trump said.” In the meantime, they’re making $15 m a year. Look, I’m all for the athletes. I think it’s great. I love athletics, I love athletics, but they shouldn’t get the politics involved.

” When you’re in a stadium and they broadcast that national anthem, you got to stand and you got to be proud and you got to have your hand up and you got to do everything that’s right, then go out and play really tough football.

” And once you leave that stadium, go and do whatever you want to do. Run for office, do whatever .”

Aaron Rupar (@ atrupar)

TRUMP criticizes professional athletes: “They’re all saying, ‘it has nothing to do with the flag, it’s how we’ve been treated.’ In the meantime, they’re making $15 million a year … they shouldn’t get the politics involved.” pic.twitter.com/ 5zJdlBwIFI

June 15, 2018

Trump attained news earlier this month when he commuted the prison term of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63 -year-old great grandmother who had been serve a life sentence for selling medications, following a lobbying endeavor by Kim Kardashian that comprehend the celebrity meet with the president in the Oval Office.

The president described his forgivenes of Johnson as a” beautiful scene” and repeated his callout to kneeling athletes from last week, when he asked the protest athletes to recommend people for him to pardon.

” I have this tremendous power of pardon ,” Trump said on Friday.” I told the NFL players, indirectly:’ You have somebody that’s aggrieved … let me know now about it, I’ll look at it If they’re aggrieved, I’ll pardon them, I’ll let them out .'”

The president has returned to the issue of the national anthem time and again since first confiscate on it last fall in Alabama, when he advised the NFL’s owners to cut loose any player who engaged in the protest of social injustice.

He lauded the league’s new guidelines, announced last month, which prohibit players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the pre-game performance of the Star-Spangled Banner, saying that” maybe you shouldn’t be in the country” if you don’t stand for the anthem.

” I think that’s good ,” Trump said during May.” I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.

” You have to stand proudly for the national anthem and the NFL owneds did the right thing if that’s what they’ve done .”

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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