President Trump: My NFL Attacks Didn't Distract Me From Helping Puerto Rico

I am profoundly disappointed in Commissioner Roger Goodell's patronizing statement after the president's comments about players who refuse to stand during the national anthem. But Trump's weekend attack on athletes sparked angry reactions from around the sports world and drew defiance from most of the NFL. They have repeatedly spoken out, stating that their actions are in no way meant to be disrespectful towards service members and veterans.

Combat Army veteran Michael Farnum, of Mississippi, risked his life fighting on the front line - but says he has no problem with athletes kneeling during the national anthem so long as their demonstration is peaceful.

Fluent's study suggests that Americans are not on board with the protest of NFL athletes, similar to findings released in a September opinion poll from Reuters and Ipsos released Tuesday. We did a great job in Texas, a great job in Florida, a great job in Louisiana, we hit little pieces of Georgia and Alabama and frankly we're doing - and its the most difficult job because its on an island, its on an island in the middle of the ocean. We are entitled to agree or disagree.

Buccaneers wide receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, who knelt at the Bucs-Vikings game, said Trump's remarks were especially disturbing when juxtaposed to his recent comments equating white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, with counter-protesters.

Maria roared ashore Sept. 20 and knocked out nearly all power in Puerto Rico, leaving its 3.4 million residents short of food, water and supplies. John McCain essentially killed Republicans' latest attempt to repeal Obamacare, and it was revealed that dozens of states' electoral systems had been hacked during the last year's election.

This is the tale of two Christian sports personalities, one of whom is the darling of the American church while the other is reviled.

Colin Kaepernick used his platform to call attention to the racial injustice in this country which continues to negatively impact our black and brown brothers and sisters. "You know some owner is gonna do that".

She warned Trump that, "If you don't take this crisis seriously this is going to be your Katrina", referring to criticism of President George W. Bush following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Without it, they say the challenging road to recovery will only be prolonged. "And I choose not to betray those who are being oppressed".

"Hopefully, like I said, the compassion part will come about in the proper manner and there will be action taken and there will be movement made, and we'll come to an understanding".

President Trump gets this: he has a gut-level instinct for cultural issues that cause mass liberal freak-out when he brings them up. But there is no hope for people who believe their lies. "I'm not O.K. with somebody trying to prevent someone from standing up for what they think is important", he said, according to The New York Times. Instead of dealing with these unpleasant realities, the president seems resolved to simply lambast his ideological enemies on Twitter and hope his bluster will distract the country, or at least his base, from realizing the magnitude of what are often viewed by the opposition as his failures. "All of us should thank God every day that we live in a country where we do not have to fear government persecution for expressing our beliefs".

The NFL has punished Kaepernick for his protest by destroying his career. We know that minority participation in 2016 was way down. But to quote the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "A time comes when silence is betrayal".

Kaepernick and his former league-mates who took up the cause sought to make people who were otherwise neutral care as much about a knee in Eric Garner's back as much as a knee on the ground during the national anthem.

Breitbart's top-on-Facebook post was a simple graphic that scorned the protesting NFL players as "anti-American degenerates". This is incompatible with the "unity" theme espoused by so many NFL owners. Resisting such people, their arguments and their works, is our greatest tradition of all. The 1960s Celtics represented white America in the face of an increasingly African-American league.

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