Our deportation-happy president is after it again! This time it’s just those pesky NFL players—the darn criminals—and their peaceful protest at sports games.
Trump spoke with
the White House Propaganda Team Fox & Friends yesterday, shortly after the NFL announced its new policy banning players from kneeling on the field during the National Anthem. He praised the policy but said it actually didn’t go far enough:
“Well, I think that’s good. I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms. But still, I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country,”
The interview continued into a number of other egregious directions, but we can’t forget what Trump said here. The irony of ejecting American citizens from the country for doing something that is intrinsically American—practicing one’s first amendment right to freedom of speech—may seem almost comedic at first but examining it deeper shows how terrifying this is.
The president of the United States is not only injecting his voice into non-political arenas in an unprecedented way but also suggesting from the highest office that citizens shouldn’t be in this country because he disagrees with them. America is not a fascist country and we will never allow it to become one. He is using the presidency to bully and threaten. Stay visible. Our fight has taken on so many more battlegrounds. The age of the resistance will teach us that things are often more than they seem. Football games can be the battleground for the fight for racial justice, schools can devastatingly become shooting ranges, and reality stars can become president with the help of a foreign adversary. We’ve got work to do.