This morning during the NFL’s first game of the day, a bunch of players on both sidelines knelt during the national anthem while other players and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan stood arm-in-arm. This came after two days worth of President Donald Trump’s attacks on NFL players and Colin Kaepernick for protesting racial injustice on the playing field.
With Trump continuing those attacks this morning via Twitter, former White House advisor and current Fox News contributor Karl Rove pointed out that this issue appears to be a losing one for the president.
Noting that there are better ways for Trump to address this issue, Rove explained that the president should try to do more to make people want to stand in front of the flag and why they should do it, even if there are “imperfections” in America’s history. He then highlighted why Trump will lose on this issue.
“We salute the flag, because the struggles and the sacrifices of generations of Americans to make this a better country. That is why we stand and salute our flag and why we put our hand over our heart. He could have come away the winner. Instead, he is walking away from this a loser in the minds of the American people for exactly the reasons you pointed out. He was against the federal government interfering and telling the Washington Redskins what their name should be. Now he is saying fire those people if they do not stand and respect the flag. He ought to be an aspirational figure.”
More players are expected to take part in protests during this afternoon’s NFL games.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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