One thing you can most certainly say about our president: With each tweet he digs himself further and deeper into unpopularity. His latest tweet wrath was aimed at NFL players who “take a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem in protest against racism. Trump said that the owners should take that “son of a b….” off the field and fire them immediately. Players across the country united during the NFL (some did not even come out for the national anthem) and if Trump managed to do anything, he united the NFL against him. While this practice was not deemed the best response at first it has since “gained steam” since Donald Trump took a stance against it. The one thing that helps to guarantee it is the fact that the process of “free speech” is being hampered with. No matter who you are or what you believe, you should have the right express yourself. Communication is the key to finding a better way, and until you have it right you continue to have dialogue. Here are some of the reactions around the league to what Trump said:
When it comes to hate groups like the KKK and everything else on that level, it is important to let them have their say (No matter how wrong they may appear). We are also entitled to react the way we do to the things that they say, because this is America. Trump, in his bid to disfigure the NFL probably succeeded in making it more popular than ever. I would love to know the ratings for all the games next week and whether or not they actually improve. Obviously Trump didn’t think before he acted (but that always seems to be the case). There is good to be had out of what he does, even if he himself doesn’t realize it. The players have a right to stand (or kneel) for what they believe. Diversity is what makes America really great, and any attempt to stifle it only makes us stronger. Whether or not he wants to admit it, Trump is making the league stronger. It will be interesting to see where things go from here.
Singer Lyfe Jennings and brother Bill Jolly along with Brett Jolly