Even though his presidential campaign supposedly ended 10 months ago, President Donald Trump is still holding rallies.
And still making wildly inappropriate, and often incorrect, statements.
On Friday, Trump took time from his busy schedule of watching Fox News and playing golf and took aim at the NFL, its owners, and several players during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.
“Fifteen yards, throw him out of the game,” he said of penalties for illegal hits. “They had that last week. I watched for a couple of minutes. Two guys just really beautiful tackle, boom, 15 yards. The referee gets on television, his wife is sitting at home, she’s so proud of him—they’re ruining the game. Right? They’re ruining the game. Hey look, that’s what they want to do. They want to hit, but it is hurting the game.”
He took aim at the players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial discrimination. As always, the president seemed more appalled about black athletes kneeling for a song than he did about unarmed African-Americans being killed by police.
“But you know what’s hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem,” Trump said. “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.”
Then he insulted the players and their mothers.
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
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a (expletive) off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’”
Teresa Kaepernick, whose son Colin Kaepernick started the protests during the 2016 season, responded.
Guess that makes me a proud bitch!
— Teresa Kaepernick (@B4IleaveU) September 23, 2017
“It’s just incredibly disappointing. Rick and I had never been real political people, but prior to when all of the campaigning was going on, I mean, it didn’t take more than a minute to realize we didn’t want Donald Trump in the presidency,” Teresa Kaepernick told Deadspin after the rally. “The guy is not all there, and I can’t tell you how shocked we were when he won, but we have been pretty vocal about it since long before Colin took a knee. So, we have some pretty strong feelings about that part of things. To see this man that you have no respect for, basically because of all that he’s done in this presidency so far, slandering my kid publicly …”
“This is the third time from the podium—always at his rallies, never at a regular press conferences where someone questioned him. It’s always at his rallies, and he’s always pandering and playing to the crowd. There are a lot of racist people in that crowd, a lot of people that are just looking for something to get hyped about, and this is the kind of thing he does. It’s like a bully on a playground, I guess. It’s almost what I’ve come to expect from him and what most of us have come to expect from him. It’s disappointing though, and I’m kind of surprised that he went at the whole NFL the way that he did—not just Colin—because he does have so many friends in the NFL, as he said himself.”