Looking at other parts of the speech the idea that Trump is not racist gets more and more strained.
WaPo: Donald Trump profanely implores NFL owners to 'fire' players protesting national anthem.
Trump also said such an owner would “be the most popular person in this country. Because that’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect for everything we stand for.” He added that if fans were to “leave the stadium” in response to a protest, “I guarantee things will stop.”
“Today, if you hit too hard, 15 yards, throw him out of the game,” he said while mimicking the act of an official throwing a penalty flag. “They’re ruining the game, right? They’re ruining the game. It’s hurting the game.”
I only including the last part because, if he is aware of it, it is utterly insensitive to say considering how CTE is in the news right now….
As for the first parts…. Compare his treatment of the peacefully silently demonstrating black NFL players to his treatment of the violent rhetoric demonstrated by the KKK/Neo-Nazi/WhiteSupremacist/Separatist/Nationalists in Charlottesville a month ago that lead to actual violence and one death… "Some very fine people" on both sides, he said. But these black NFL players peacefully silently demonstrating are sons of bitches, disrespecting our heritage and everything we stand for…..
Trump condemns one type of demonstrator in much more strong language than another… I wonder why that is….
So, Trump is trashing the NFL, from the owners to the players to the officials to possibly even the fans.
Can you say Pres-i-dent-ial ? I can't. Of course I haven't been able to see anything matching that word in the U.S. in the last 9 months now.
How does this demonstrate the President upholding the constitution, that is, in this case, the first amendment?
There are some things that are terrible and/or unwise to say no matter who you are, even if one has a right to say it. And by all means, people have a right to say them. Heck, I'd prefer it, it allows them to be truly seen if that is how they feel.
Yes, Trump, like everyone else, has freedom of speech.
However, when one is in a position of responsibility or power it is toxic, irresponsible/reckless, and worse, to speak as Trump is speaking.
Edited by sierraleone, 23 September 2017 - 06:52 PM.