President Trump had words for these NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem.
“No thanks!” the president wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
Trump fired off the two-word response after Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford and Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson took a knee before the teams’ annual Thanksgiving game at Ford Field in downtown Detroit.
The players were protesting against police brutality and racism in the U.S.
Since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee in August 2016, Trump has strongly opposed the move and even suggested NFL players should be suspended or fired for disrespecting the American flag and troops.
However, players have said in the past that they’re only calling out social injustice.
In 2017, Trump told his supporters at a rally in Alabama that he wished NFL owners penalized players who took a knee during the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired,” Trump said at the time.
NFL players have kneeled during games over the summer in response to the murder of several black people at the hands by police.
Stafford said earlier in the season that kneeling felt like the right thing to do.
“Just felt like it was the right thing at the right time,” he told MLive in September. “Obviously it’s been an amazing offseason just for our team, for a lot of people, something where there’s been great opportunity for growth and learning and understanding, and just felt like it was the right thing for me.”
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