Trump: Suspending Kaepernick over ‘Terrible’ Actions Would Have Prevented NFL’s Problems

(Robert Donachie, Daily Caller News Foundation) President Donald Trump said in an interview Wednesday night that the National Football League (NFL) player protests of the national anthem would not be a “problem” if the NFL had originally suspended former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Collin Kaepernick.

“I watched Colin Kaepernick and I thought it was terrible. And then it got bigger and bigger and started mushrooming. And frankly the NFL should have suspended him for one game and he would have never done it again,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

President Donald Trump began railing against the NFL protests — that is known in some circles as the #TakeTheKnee movement– in late September at a speech in Huntsville, Ala., where the president was campaigning for GOP Sen. Luther Strange.

“They could have then suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him again if he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a problem,” Trump said. “But I will tell you – you cannot disrespect our country, our flag, our anthem, you cannot do that.”

“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 told a group gathered in Huntsville on Sept. 22.

“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!’” the president said.

Trump tweeted a suggestion on Sept. 24 that “NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country.” NFL owners should “fire or suspend” players who kneel during the presentation of the national anthem, Trump also said.

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The president tweeted on Sept. 25 that “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!”

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart quickly retorted the president’s comments about players protesting the national anthem.

“Everyone should know, including the president, that this is what real locker room talk is,” Lockhart, a former spokesman for President Bill Clinton, said in a statement Monday.

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  • Linda Arnett

    When I look at our flag and hear our national anthem, pride swells in my throat. I’ve felt that way all my life and it goes back to the very early days of my school years when that was how each school day began. I was taught and still believe both represent our country and all those who loved them enough to make the ultimate sacrifice to defend what they represent. I’m so grateful that I was a part of those years and lived among people who felt the same. I was taught God, country and family were the things that mattered and our purpose was to love, serve and protect them. It’s just sad that there are people who enjoy the freedom and benefits our flag and anthem stand for, but they won’t.

  • Linda Arnett

    You do not have the privilege or the right to know what I believe other than those few things I mentioned. Your comments throughout this site are most insightful of your values, however it is not my place nor do I choose to express my thoughts or opinions of them, and certainly will not result to insults and name-calling. I will say that this line of rhetoric has made me unsubscribe to this site, but that’s what decent people do when faced with offensive bullies-just distance themselves.