Trump Bashes Colin Kaepernick On 'Hannity' & Insists He Should Have Been Suspended Immediately
On Wednesday evening, during an interview on Fox's Hannity, Trump sharply criticized Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers NFL player who began the trend of kneeling during the National Anthem. Kaepernick has explained that the move is in protest of how America "oppresses black people and people of color." This wasn't the first time the president took issue with Kaepernick's protest, framing it as disrespectful to the nation and to the Americans who have served.
After Hannity brought up the subject, Trump suggested the NFL shouldn't have tolerated the kneeling from the very beginning.
Kaepernick, however, has defended his actions. And since then, other NFL players have also chosen to kneel. In August 2016, he told NFL media that the issue goes way beyond football:
Hannity surely knew that any question having to do with the NFL or Kaepernick would get a rise out of Trump — and his fans. The president has been on a roll when it comes to attacking the football league on Twitter. In fact, the administration drew even further attention to its ongoing feud with players who kneel instead of stand for the National Anthem when he told Vice-President Mike Pence to walk out of the 49ers-Colts game in Indiana if any players "took a knee," as people call it. Trump's tweets following the scene suggest Pence's walk-out, as well as his protest of a protest, was pre-planned.
But Trump's issue with NFL players who kneel isn't anything new. During a speech in Alabama on Sept. 23, Trump called any player who kneels a "son of a b---h."
And most recently, Trump attacked the NFL on Twitter for supposedly getting tax breaks. Though the NFL League Office used to be tax-exempt, it gave up that identity in 2015.
Trump's issue with the NFL has come under fire in the last few weeks as futile. As Puerto Rico struggles to bring power back to the island and collect enough supplies, clean water, and food, some have suggested Trump's outrage could be put to better use. However, given Trump's interview with Hannity, it doesn't look like he's going to lay off the NFL anytime soon.