Trump: Outrage over kneeling NFL players about ‘respect,’ not race

by Fox News
September 25, 2017

A defiant President Trump said Sunday afternoon that the outrage over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem “has nothing to do with race,” but rather is about “respect for our country.”

Speaking on the tarmac in New Jersey before boarding Air Force One, Trump doubled down on his comments about the NFL and its players.

“This has nothing to do with race. I never said anything about race,” Trump said. “This has to do with respect for our country and respect for our flag.”

When asked if players who kneeled today should be fired as he suggested earlier, the president said, “I think the owners should do something about it. It’s very disrespectful to our flag and our country.”

74 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Tiger says:

    They are entertainers. People pay to watch them do their thing, kick, punch, hit, throw, tackle etc. nothing more. When they start to make political statements they lose fans, we hear that daily. It is this country that gave them these jobs where they don’t need brains to do, where schools passed them on so they could play, where scouts offered them women, wine and song, where they make millions, party, rape, steal and kill, yes we have seen the quality of athletes go down the tubes with 70% blacks taking over the NFL. Don’t like what I said? Prove me wrong.

    They couldn’t get a job on their own and they are not fit to be dog catcher. People are not going to pay to watch these millionaire thugs, take a knee, bash white, bash our flag our country etc. We have had it. Get ready to face your own problems cause we don’t need you , you best remember why you got the job, and do your job or lose it.

    We don’t need your sorry asses. Believe me we are through with you.

    1. goldie says:

      Excellent videos. Watched them all and wish for more. Yes, the problem is bad parenting; the result: disaster for society. This only proves that the family is the basic building block of society, and when it falls, the rest will begin to crumble. Easy to understand why those who hate and wish to destroy Christian civilization attack the family as a unit. Divide and conquer.

      1. Tiger says:

        You have hit the nail on the head and the reason this filthy Hollywood has gone into the depths of Hell, the TV with it’s filthy shows, the family being torn apart has all been by design and by golly my friend, Congress knows it and were told about the 45 goals of communism, which still is outlawed in America years ago. We have Communists in Congress, over 80 of them. Hillary and Obama are Progressives who embrace Marxism and Alinsky.

        1. goldie says:

          Sometimes reality tops science fiction. People have a hard time believing this, but a little reading (“The Naked Communist” or “AA 1025” or “Masters of Deceit”) would educate them quickly. In 1944, I believe, the communist party said that the democratic party had adopted its platform. The whole political system has made a giant slide to the left – many so-called ‘conservative’ ideas in the gop are no longer anywhere near conservative. “Agenda – Grinding America down” is a good dvd to watch if one wants to see. “He who has eyes, let him see; who has ears, let him hear”, says the Lord Jesus Christ.

          1. rishi says:

            Muslim hater dirty kuffar natanyahoo’s dikk likker

          2. Tiger says:

            Filthy kuffar, Christian and Jew hater.
            Nasty little girl rapist and goat flucker.

            You love to likk dikk especially of little boys.

            Your prophet was a pedophile, murderer, thief and rapist. You wipe your asses with stones.

          3. rishi says:


          4. Tiger says:

            Not on my computer they work fine.

          5. rishi says:

            Then do one thing type in what is said on the video clip.

          6. Tiger says:

            Not interested.

          7. Tiger says:

            So what? For the 25 ancient cities that ISIS have destroyed we need to take these mosques and 23 more down.

          8. Tiger says:

            Like I said good for target practice.

          9. Tiger says:

            Indeed all the more reason for them to be destroyed, the way Muslims destroy our churches etc and have since the Mad Man Muhammad came onto the scene. Your Muhammad was born thousands of years after civilizations had come and gone, after most of the world’s religions were already created, there were no mosques in those times or Muslims in Biblical times. You are a murdering, raping, plague upon the world and it took calling the First Crusades to stop you.

            You will be stopped again.



          10. rishi says:

            I don’t click on video links. You are wasting your time

          11. rishi says:

            What about echoing do you echo????

          12. Tiger says:

            What about the facts do you not echo? What about the facts do you not echo? You if Muslim, are a fool and not fit to live in America if you do.

          13. Rajeev says:

            I meant are you Jewish?

          14. Tiger says:

            I am not Jewish, I am of European decent from Latvia, my mother born in Siberia, my grandfather Polish and my father American.

            But I am for the Jews and for Israel and against Muslims.

          15. Rajeev says:

            The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…

          16. Rajeev says:

            Take a red pill then.

          17. rishi says:

            There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe – without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.

          18. rishi says:

            The link is broken sheeeeiit

          19. Tiger says:

            Sorta like you.

  • Bob says:

    Prior to the playing o the Anthem, the PA Announcer will say; ” Please rise, and gentlemen remove your hats, as we honor America with the playing of our National Anthem”. They do NOT say “White America” or “Black America”, just “America”. By this act, the players are dishonoring America. I keep hearing people say “I’m a veteran and I fought for their right to protest”. You are absolutely correct, as you also fought for my right to be angry over this display. I have as much right to be disgusted by their acts as they have to do them, yet folks are only screaming about those of us who find the empty gesture of kneeling offensive. I did fight for their right to protest and, more importantly, my right to be disgusted by it. And I have the medals and the scars to prove it.

  • Humble Servant says:

    The media got it wrong AGAIN. This is not a Trump issue this is a proud American issue. The media (liberal) does not know how to have pride in anything. The NFL does not know how to have pride in anything anymore either. This is why those of us who respect our country and it’s culture will no longer support the NFL in anything they do AND we have no problem telling others about our discuss for the way the players present themselves to the public. It seems they only understand the bottom line so I will impact you there.

  • justinwachin says:

    Here’s an idea–people should just stop watching professional football on TV. These guys are all millionaires. This country has not mistreated them. They are ungrateful and are unworthy of my time and attention.

  • CBUJAN says:

    I have turned off the NFL and any other sport that disgraces our country. I have now joined the ranks of Nascar, every week before every race Nascar celebrates God, Family, Our Veterans, and country.

  • Oldawg70 says:

    Boycott these overpaid morons…

  • Jigsaw says:

    This was started last year when kipernik started it. Trump wasn’t pres then

  • bobnstuff says:

    Leave it to Trump to create a problem where there wasn’t one. Our flag has nothing to do with respect for the military, it’s the symbol of our nation. Had Trump not decide to attack none of this would be an issue but Trump likes to start fights and find new ways to divide the country. Trump wants respect but doesn’t give it or even understand it. We now we have a problem. Thank you once again Mr. President. It still won’t stop the investigations.

    1. chw2000 says:

      Our flag has EVERYTHING to do with respect for the military. That’s something you know nothing about. You’re a draft dodger that has never worn the uniform but think you know all there is to know about our military. You’re beyond contempt. You’re a total ass hole.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        I come from a long line of patriots who built this country. I had two brothers in the military, All my uncles were officers in the military so don’t even question my respect for the military. I had friends die in the service of this country. You like Trump haven’t a clue what respect even is. Trump respect our military so much he wants to send them out to be killed. Just because you were drafted doesn’t make you a patriot. Paying off a doctor like Trump to stay out of the military sure doesn’t make you a patriot.

        1. chw2000 says:

          Fuck you Bob! Riding your family’s “coat tails” doesn’t make you a patriot. Next thing you’re going to tell everyone that the founding fathers came to you for advice. You’re a piece of shit Bob. Now go stick your head back in your ass. Draft dodger ass hole!

          1. bobnstuff says:

            You sure seem to want male intercourse. My family has never had a problem with the fact that the military didn’t want me. I’m sure they the military must loved you. Did you tell them how much you enjoyed talking showers with everyone? Did they catch you staring at their body part and licking your lips? As far as the founding fathers, If you go back seven generations I’m related to one of them.

    2. tim says:

      you had better slow down there and remember to obozo and how he divided the country and helped start BLM and other racist movements and how those protesting violently against trump and then they say it is the Trump supports that are violent GET A CLUE

      1. bobnstuff says:

        What do you know about BLM? nothing I would guess. In case you hadn’t noticed Trump is a racist, he has always been one. He is the poster boy on the KKK.

        1. Bob says:

          “He is the poster boy on the KKK” No, that would be Democratic Senator, “Conscious of the Senate”, Robert Byrd of WV. Like the Founder of the KKK, Nathan Forrest, he was a life long democrat and former leader of the Klan in WV. He, like most who opposed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, were life long Democrats, like Al Gore Sr, who also voted against these bills. Only total ignoramuses’ continue to call Trump a racist and White Supremacists because they have no other arguments other than this tired tripe.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            Go to the KKK home page and read there goals and platform. they should sound familiar.

          2. Bob says:

            And if you read Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” you will read the Obama/Clinton agenda. You can read the manifesto of the Weather Underground and find out the rules taught to Obama by Bernadine Dorn and Bill Ayers. So what? Does not change the fact that the Democratic Party is the party of blatant racism. First by leading the Confederacy in the Civil War, then by founding the Klan and championing Jim Crow and other anti-civil rights campaigns. Now you do it by the racism of diminished expectations, believing the minorities are inferior and need rules to be lessened so they can compete. You bring up charges of racism every time you can just to assuage your guilt for being a Racist Democrat. (And you can not stay on topic if your life depended on it. Another Rule for Radical)

          3. bobnstuff says:

            Did you here the news, Trump is president and it’s now his world view that counts. If you want to create a history lesson about past president your information might be useful but today it’s Trump that we need to be concerned with. If you look at Trumps platform and the KKK’s you will see places were the wording is the same. Trump has a long history of racism, he has even ended up in court over it. Can you name the black executives in Trump origination. It’s pretty easy since he doesn’t like black employees.

            “Rehabilitate our public school system. We must remove the humanist influence in our schools and teach fact based curriculum to further the students knowledge not someone’s opinion. Parents should have the option of private or home schooling if they prefer and students should be free to practice their Christian faith in the classroom.”

            Is that Trump or the KKK speaking?

            “Remove the U.S. from the United Nations’ Refugee program.”

            Trump or the KKK?

            “Repeal the NAFTA and GATT treaties. These “laws” given to us by the Democrats and Republicans is damaging to the American worker and will eventually put millions upon millions into desperate poverty.”
            Who said this?

          4. Bob says:

            “Did you here the news, Trump is president…” Did you say the same thing when for 8 year all we heard was it was Bush’s fault? Oh, that’s right, that was Obama who could do no wrong. Heck, even Hillary brought up “Bush’s fault” during her FAILED campaign to steal an election. Woks both ways, ya know.

          5. bobnstuff says:

            Lets see, Trump forgets the first amendment and attacks the NFL, Obama’s fault. Everyone around Trump has links to the Russians that they forgot about when they were in front of congress, Obama’s fault. Trump can’t write an EO that works, Obama’s fault. The republicans in congress can work with Trump, Obama’s fault. Trump has to have a babysitter to try to keep him out of trouble, Obama’s fault. Obama is amazing isn’t he. He must practice mind control.

          6. Bob says:

            Let’s see, Trump decries the NFL, people cry “First Amendment” Since when did the President of the US, who HAS to be a US Citizen by the way, lose HIS 1st Amendment Rights?

            “Everyone around Trump has links to the Russians that they forgot about when they were in front of congress” Is that now how the Clintons have shown us to talk to Congress? Is “I do not recall…” the ONLY standard answer acceptable to ANY Democrat testifying?
            You LOVE to have it just one way, your way, and you appear to be physically or psychologically incapable of staying on topic. Seek professional help. will you?

          7. bobnstuff says:

            I don’t recall isn’t as bad as saying no when the answer is yes. Our AG had to step back from the Russian investigation because of a lie to congress. Trump has no problem with lies, he said so in his book.

            Trump does have the same rights of free speech but in this case he has just once again shown his true colors. We have people in real trouble in our country and Trump chooses to spend his time talking about the NFL. I guess it’s better for him then explaining how the healthcare bill went down in flames again.

          8. Bob says:

            In this context, “I don’t recall” is actually nothing more “Demo-Speak” for “It’s none of your business…I am too important to answer the questions of you lessor mortals…You have NO right to question my actions.”.

          9. bobnstuff says:

            I don’t remember it because it didn’t happen.

          10. Bob says:

            If you can’t remember when testifying, then don’t accept million dollar contracts for your “memoirs” to write about how you were persecuted by the mean Republicans. Yeah, nothing that ever made a Democrat look bad, or criminal, ever happened. You believe this because your prism of hate allows you too.

          11. bobnstuff says:

            I remember the months and months of hearing for the ACA and the republicans sure got their say there. I remember the ingratiation bill that passed the senate that was written by a bipartisan group but blocked in the house by the republicans. I remember all the vote to repeal the ACA. So tell me when the democrats told anyone they couldn’t do anything. Remember the democrats are the please don’t hurt me party.

          12. Bob says:

            I remember during the 2008 campaign promises of a healthcare bill that would “lower costs” and was ready to go immediately upon election. I also recall it still took 23 months to get it through an overly compliant Congress, not the 8 months you seem to be holding the President and GOP to. I remember the promise of “shovel ready jobs” to get millions through Congress for infrastructure, only to have the “shovel ready jobs” NOT be “as shovel ready as we..heh heh..thought they’d be”. I also remember a promise to close Gitmo, which you may have noticed remains open. What I did forget is my father’s advice about never arguing with people who’s minds are like steel traps; out of date and rusted shut.

          13. bobnstuff says:

            Do you also remember all the changes made in the ACA to try and get the republicans on board? The bill passed wasn’t the one Obama asked for. Do you also remember the changes made to the stimulus bill that ended up giving the money to the banks instead of infrastructure. Once again the bill wasn’t what it had started out to be. As for Gitmo can you tell me who blocked the closing. The republicans did everything in their power to block Obama. The democrats are the please don’t hurt me party and Obama kept trying to work with the republicans, he learned but to late. People complain about Obama ramrodding things through. These bills all had long public hearings. The republicans today try to see how few hearing they can get away with on bills that will effect millions. Trump and the republicans are looking for a win in congress. If they win then the country loses. Governing isn’t a sport that you have winners or losers. This is no game and as long as we have this your side and my side mentality everyone loses.

          14. Navy Bob says:

            For all you just said, you still are viewing the world through your prism of hate. Everything you just said could be said about the Trump agenda, yet you demand he deliver every campaign promise immediately, even after your boy Obama took years to get his through, and failed on many of them. Gitmo is open because to close it required Congressional approval for the funding, something your boy forgot. He had to work with his “enemies” (his word, not mine) and he refused to no matter how much you think he did. The ONLY time Obama ever reached across the aisle was to slap the other side, and you know it but it would put a dent in the halo of Saint Barak.

          15. bobnstuff says:

            You have it wrong, I’m not demanding Trump do anything fast, in fact I want things done right, not in a hurry. What I want is government to work for all the people, not just the winning side. I don’t agree with some of Trumps agenda, his wall is stupid and I hope congress listens to the exerts and secures the border the way they want it done and not wastes time and money on a useless wall. Obama did things I liked and things I didn’t like. As a person he is a much better man then Trump. As a leader he’s much better even with all the problem and he managed to get some very important things done. Just think how much more could have been done had the republicans done there job. Now I suggest you go look at the facts of the matter and how may times Obama tried to work with the republicans and got burned. In Obama’s first term he tried over and over to work with republicans and not only didn’t the republicans work with him they ran a propaganda campaign against him. Where are our death panels?

          16. Navy Bob says:

            “In Obama’s first term he tried over and over to work with republicans …” Lets see, in a meeting with John McCain over some bill or another, McCain was making suggestions and Obama “worked with him” by saying “I won” and ignoring what he said. When asked about Republican assistance, Obama’s comment they could come along but had to get “on the back of the bus”. Yeah, real classy, that one. Great leadership displayed.

          17. bobnstuff says:

            That’s fake news and you should know it. After the election they had there back and forth and if there was any disrespecting done it was McCain that did it.

          18. Navy Bob says:

            “That’s fake news and you should know it. ” The they did a damned good job faking the VIDEO. You believe what you read on your site and I will believe what I SEE, in Obama’s words, voice and face.

          19. bobnstuff says:

            What video?

          20. Navy Bob says:

            ALL the news outlets ran these videos. Look them up, they are out there. You seem to look up everything else to solidify your point of view, try finding conflicting views and decide for yourself rather than just taking the word of those who satisfy only your point of view.

          21. bobnstuff says:

            If there is a video it’s still there but I can’t find it so I think you heard what you wanted to hear not what was said.

          22. Navy Bob says:

            You mean as you do with any statement form the President? The words are clear, you interpretation of them is flawed. President Obama clearly said to Sen. McCain during a back and forth at the White House that the Senator was reliving the election and then he said “I won”. Sen. McCain replies “I am well aware of that”. You may call Sen. McCain’s tone “disrespecting” but the President can only be described as “condescending”, or more appropriately “arrogant”. (BTW – If you wish to hear a “disrespecting” tone towards a President, listen to ANY Democrat or media type (redundant) in the past 18 months, but you have NO problem with those, do you?) As for the second event, The President is at a meeting and he tells some media type “The Republicans can come along with us on this, but they need to get on the back of the bus”. Now, tell a Democrat to get “on the back of the bus” and see how quickly will the “racist” label is levied? After all, that is the go to attack for the Democrats when confronted. (and given the history of the democrat party, it is as ironic as it is pathetic)

          23. Navy Bob says:

            And Obama, flipping pages as Sen Mc Cain was talking, did not seem the least bit arrogant to you? And his tone did not seem the lest bit condescending?

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