The anti-American protests were a slap in the face to the country.
Pampered NFL millionaires disrespected a flag that gave them the opportunity to enrich themselves and their families.
Millions of patriotic Americans were disgusted by the display, but President Trump’s reaction should give them hope.
While the mainstream media were fawning over their players for their “bravery,” Donald Trump was emotional in his aversion to the anti-American outbursts.
A new book paints a behind-the-scenes portrait of how Trump felt a punch to the gut by the disgraceful protests.
Ronald Kessler, author of The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game, said President Donald Trump was emotionally affected by NFL players disrespecting the national anthem via kneeling protests during its pre-game recitals. He offered his remarks during a Monday interview with SiriusXM host Rebecca Mansour on Breitbart News Tonight.
Kessler characterized Trump’s criticisms of Colin Kaepernick—an NFL player who knelt during pre-game recitals of the national anthem as a protest against what he said is a “country that oppresses black people and people of color”—as “innate” and “emotional.”
Kessler remarked, “That was such an emotional thing for [Donald Trump] to see someone openly disrespect the national anthem, and so many Americans agree with that. That is why he got elected, because he understands that. He understands those values.
Following Kaepernick’s kneeling protests, which were subsequently joined by other NFL players, the NFL saw a reduction in its ratings along with boycotts of viewership and attendance.
Kaepernick’s blamed his subsequent inability to secure a contract with an NFL team as a function of political blacklisting. Led by attorney Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s legal team claimed the existence of a “conspiracy” against him, informally driven by Trump: “The owners of Respondent NFL Teams have been quoted describing their communications with President Trump, who has been an organizing force in the collusion among team owners in their conduct towards Mr. Kaepernick and other NFL players. Owners have described the Trump Administration as causing paradigm shifts in their views toward NFL players.”
Trump addressed NFL players’ protests during the national anthem several times via Twitter:
If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect….
our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!
Kessler analyzed Trump’s appeal to the president’s supporters, saying, “I think the public, especially working class people, appreciate results. And that’s what you see with Trump. … My home contractor said, ‘I don’t care what he says. I just care about what he does,’ and that is the kind of common sense that Trump appreciates.”
Kessler added, “The way he makes decisions is not only to consult advisers, but he’ll also call his approximately dozen friends that he has that are billionaires, generally. I list them in the book. Also, he’ll just randomly ask anybody, chambermaids, Secret Service agents. That’s his connection with the working class. He believes in their common sense.”
One of the reasons Trump won in 2016 was because he was willing to stand up for Americans who felt their values were being threatened.
For a majority of the country, it’s not okay to denigrate the Star-Spangled Banner in such a flagrant manner. Trump innately understands this, and it’s why his base remains loyal.