Donald Trump has whacked out “NO KNEELING” meltdown as NFL situation gets away from himJune 5, 2020
This week NFL quarterback Drew Brees stated that while he supports Black Lives Matter, he still disagrees with players kneeling during the National Anthem. Brees was loudly criticized by several of his own New Orleans Saints teammates and numerous other NFL players, both black and white, and he’s since apologized. Multiple Saints players have said they accept Brees’ apology and want to move forward.
So naturally, Donald Trump wants to make things worse. He tweeted: “I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!”
This tweet set off such backlash, “NO KNEELING” quickly began trending on Twitter. In years past, Trump was able to use the kneeling issue to sharply divide Americans. But the tide is turning, and this kind of thing doesn’t work like it used to. As is increasingly the case these days, Trump is betting on a losing hand. He’s pandering solely to his base, which as recent poll numbers continue to show, isn’t nearly large enough on its own to get him reelected.