Noted horseman of the apocalypse Donald J. Trump turned up in Alabama last night, appearing at a rally in support of Senator Luther Strange, who is running in a special election to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate. (Sessions taking up the role as Attorney-General/Trump Lightning Rod).
During his speech, Trump decided to comment on a couple of the main issues engulfing the NFL. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still unemployed, having had the gumption to shun the National Anthem ahead of a game in 2016, in protest against the oppression of African-Americans. His stance led a number of other players to shun the anthem ahead of kick-off.
Trump decided to give his opinion on this before the Alabama crowd, saying that any "son of a bitch" disrespecting the anthem should be "fired".
Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired. You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.
But do you know what’s hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on the television and you see those players taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem.
The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway.
Trump wishes NFL owners would tell anthem protesters "get that son of a bitch off the field right now" pic.twitter.com/gq4EH3lNoY
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 23, 2017
Trump went on to talk about the dip in ratings in NFL, and he attributed it to negative press surrounding brain trauma, and attempts to sanitise the sport.
The NFL ratings are down massively. Now the number one reason happens to be they like watching what’s happening ... with yours truly. They like what’s happening. Because you know today if you hit too hard: Fifteen yards! Throw him out of the game!
They’re ruining the game! That’s what they want to do. They want to hit. They want to hit! It is hurting the game.
These comments come just days after it was confirmed that Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriots' tight end who committed suicide during a life sentence in prison had suffered from CTE during his career, which doctors described as "the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron’s age".
But then perhaps it is in President Trump's interest that as many Americans suffer severe head trauma as possible before he campaigns for reelection.