Trump won’t bow to the NFL, but he’s standing up for another sport

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 30: U.S. President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn after returning to the White House August 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump traveled to Springfield, Missouri, to participate in a tax reform kickoff event, according to the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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In a series of Monday morning tweets, President Donald Trump continued his critique of professional athletes who kneel when the national anthem is performed before sporting events. Trump had earlier criticized players in a speech on Friday and a series of statements over the weekend.

“So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!” President Trump wrote.

“Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!” he added.

Trump later suggested that players that kneeling before an anthem is no longer a protest about race relations.

“The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”

 On Sunday afternoon, Trump retweeted an image that called for a boycott of the NFL.

 An estimated 200 players participated in some form of protest during Sunday’s football games.

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