Donald Trump Urges NFL To Ban Protests During National Anthem

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September 26, 2017

Donald Trump wants to play a role in a different kind of lawmaking.

The U.S. president called on the NFL to implement a rule banning protests during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to games. Trump made the appeal Tuesday on Twitter.

Trump in recent days has blasted NFL players who protest during the national anthem, calling them “sons of b—es,” accusing them of disrespect and urging NFL owners to “fire” them. His words heightened tensions over the contentious issue and put him at odds with many in the sports world.

Players responded this weekend with a groundswell of protest that took many forms, including kneeling and raising fists during the anthem or staying off the field for what has become part of the pregame ritual.

Several NFL owners supported Trump’s campaign, and time will tell whether they’ll follow his request of effectively curbing players’ freedom of speech.

Thumbnail photo via Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register/USA TODAY Network

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