Trump Escalates War With NFL In Early Tweetstorm

Tyler Durden's picture

Update:  Proving that he was just getting warmed up earlier this morning with his latest rant against the NFL, Trump now seems to want '#StandForOurAnthem' to go viral.

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After igniting an NFL firestorm over the weekend with a series of tweetstorms bashing players who refused to stand for the national anthem (something we covered in detail here), Trump is at it again this morning with new tweets highlighting the disgruntled crowds that booed the kneeling players. 

"Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!"


"The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!"


Some of the loudest such 'boos' came for the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium when a number of Patriots kneeled for the anthem.


Meanwhile, Tom Brady responded to Trump's continued attacks this morning saying that he "disagrees" with the President and thinks his tweets are "just divisive."  Presumably, that means that Brady is of the opinion that exploiting his star power to make a political statement is not equally divisive?  Per WEEI:

“Yeah, I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive," Brady said. "Like I said, I just want to support my teammates. I am never one to say, ‘Oh, that is wrong. That is right.’ I do believe in what I believe in. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me. That is how I try and live every day. I have been blessed to be in locker rooms with guys all over the United States over the course of my career. Some of my great friends are from Florida, Virginia, New York, Montana, Colorado, Texas. The one thing about football is it brings so many guys together — guys you would never have the opportunity to be around. Whether it was in college, and all the way into the pros. We’re all different, we’re all unique. That is what makes us all special.”


"Hopefully it brings everyone together. I think that is what unity and love — like I said after the game, those are the things that concern me. When you’re in a locker room full of 53 players, you’re working to a common goal. You support the guys that you play with and you support your coaches, coaches support you. You just do the best you can do. You’re navigating through life. These things aren’t easy. Everyone deals with different challenges in their life and you respect everyone’s opinions and views. You don’t have to agree with everything. It’s hard to agree with your own wife on everything from day-to-day. I have so much respect for my teammates and what we’re trying to accomplish. Hopefully we can keep marching toward this end of the season, keep making improvements, get better and win more football games.”


Brady said he heard the boo's during and after the anthem from some in the crowd and said people can do what they want to do.


“Yeah, I did," he said. "No, I think everyone has the right to do whatever they want to do. If you don’t agree, that is fine. You can voice your disagreement, I think that is great. It’s part of our democracy. As long as it is done in a peaceful, respectful way, that is what our country has been all about.”

On the other hand, and not terribly surprisingly, NASCAR's strong condemnation of protesting the national anthem, which Richard Petty said would earn anyone on his team an immediate dismissal, drew praise from the White House.  Per the Associated Press:

It appeared no drivers, crew or other team members participated in a protest during the national anthem to start the NASCAR Cup series race Sunday in Loudon, New Hampshire. Several team owners and executives had said they wouldn’t want anyone in their organizations to protest.


Richard Childress, who was Dale Earnhardt’s longtime team owner, said of protesting, “It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.” Childress says he told his team that “anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”


Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty’s sentiments took it a step further, saying: “Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”


When asked if a protester at Richard Petty Motorsports would be fired, he said, “You’re right.”


Of course, it's only a matter of time until we see if this controversy caused any dips in ratings for the increasingly politicized NFL.

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hotrod's picture



It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!"

MarkD's picture

Hail Hitler....... I mean MAGA

barndoor's picture

Nothing says small government like private citizens being forced by the executive branch to do things they don't want to do during the national anthem. 

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The NFL has opened up a can of worms with this one. It will be interesting how it deals with its "player employees" protesting corn mixed with potatoes at the buffet or no Charmin in the locker room. The sky is the limit. Where do they draw the line?

Looney's picture


Fuck all the kneelers and fuck all those fake patriots, too.

How many people, on both sides of this artificial “crisis”, know the National Anthem by heart?


VinceFostersGhost's picture


Millionaire snowflakes....without a lot of other skills.

svayambhu108's picture


This are not EBT recievers, sport-players have very hight self esteem is needed in sports.

If this is how you make America great again then this place would really suck soon.

Why not made AIPAC to stand up when the anthem is played. Instead the congress aplauds and stands up ovations when AIPAC is regularilly helds speeches

MillionDollarButter's picture

It isn't about respect for our country.  It is about having the honesty to admit that our first go-around of pretending that black people were universally victimized by white people resulted in 159 anti-white race riots in 1967 and the general violent ethnic cleansing of white people from cities across the country.  It's about not pretending that Philando Castile's, Treyvon Martin's, and Freddie Grey's killers were "evil white people".  It's about not pretending that Freddie Grey was the victim of systemic racism when he was arrested by black cops, with a black police chief, with a black mayor, and a black president above him.  It's about not pretending that our police officers don't face dangerous situations made worse by the BLM hysteria.

Sorry if I don't go along with the boomer-cuck muh patriotism spin on this.  That is just a weak position, IMHO.

D.T.Barnum's picture
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....” Noam Chomsky
HenryKissingerZuckerberg's picture

there is not enough diversity in the NASCAR racers !
they need to have their fair share of lesbians and black muslims, too


giovanni_f's picture

The same Marines that run those funny black site torture camps all over the planet or have traines ISIS fighters in Jordan until recently?

BaBaBouy's picture

Why are these Overpaid BodyBuilders protesting INSIDE the Stadiums, where thousands of Suckers have paid big money to watch them Run around with a ball ???]

Protest OUTSIDE on your Own Time ...


Hugh_Jorgan's picture

NFL doubles down on stupid AGAIN.

Yep, they and POTUS Trump have all gone Super Deluxe Full Retard.

The whole thing is a very weak demonstration in the first place. Taking a knee almost looks respectful in some way like bowing your head in prayer. Not to mention, that when asked they can't even articulate a good take-down of the government and all it's obvious evils. If you're going to go through with $h!tting the bed, at least make it epic. If these ignorant ingrates had any cojones they would turn their back to the flag and face opposite of the fans and Refs, arms folded. But they are cowards and so like children they do a poorly-formed, self-destructive, pseudo-protest akin to peeing one's pants like a petulant child. Worse is the NFL management FOLLOWING and mimicking this sorry, asinine tantrum. Then to top the whole thing off you have our loudmouth douche of a POTUS legitimizing this idiocy by repeatedly screaming at these children and their friends (that ought to know better) to quit wetting their pants! The whole scene is beyond the pale.

JimT's picture

Ridiculous distraction. -- Look over here!! Get Mad!!



HenryKissingerZuckerberg's picture

Ridiculous distraction. -- Look over here!! Get Mad!!


aren't NFL stadiums heavily subsidized?

NiggaPleeze's picture


The irony is the Liberals claiming Trump is being divisive on this issue.

Fact is, the flag has 50 stars as it is the unifying symbol of the Nation.  The Nation is the one thing that unifies Americans.

So when the players take a knee and dishonor the flag (for whatever silly reason), they are the ones being divisive.

The President condemning that divisiveness is actually NOT divisive.

But it's just like Liberals to turn everything on its head, make black to white.  Because the Liberals want to destroy our Nation, not just with assaulting our symbol of unity, but with open borders, "free trade", and anything else that opens the door to global government.

To me, the kneeling is in one perspective an irrelevant tempest in a teapot; but from another perspective it is highly symbolic of the major battle underway:  the Communists/Globalists vs the Nationalists.  And for that reason I do not belittle Trump for standing up for Nationalism.  That was the platform he ran on, this is a political issue, and he is a political leader.

The people being divisive are the overpaid Brady's of the world.  Because they are afraid to stand up to their co-players for fear of being called "racist".  And this is how Communism/Globalism wins ....

a Smudge by any other name's picture

I see the points made above (cogent and reasoned to a fault) but I just have to call upon the NFL in an appeal to conscience.

I understand the NFL has some of the biggest and strongest men on this planet but they are NO MATCH FOR THE COMBINED MIGHT OF THE MILITARY FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.






Blankone's picture

They should do the same thing with their military worship. It is not the military's flag it is the peoples. Have ordinary people walk the flag out onto the field and remove all the military.

negan2's picture

My family has shed enough blood in our nation's wars for the likes of you. Your son or daughter can bleed the next time. 


hongdo's picture

I was not going to get involved in all this silliness but could not resist.  I've always wondered why people were infatuated with fat rich guys running around bumping into each other while chasing a little ball.  Playing sports is another story, but watching .....?

Can you say, Look a squirrel!!!!

Freddie's picture

ZH had a post about a week ago by a Marine who recently left.  They all get offered big paying gigs with Blackwater, Academy, Xe when they leave the Corp to be higher paid killers.

I love the uSAbut hate the MIC/NWO police state. 

chunga's picture

While the maverick outsider has everybody arguing about the CIRCUS, Team America just yesterday escalated it's attempt to topple *another* country in the ME AND instigate a war with Russia.

My country 'tis of thee DOH!

The_Juggernaut's picture

Rome didn't accept this kind of shit from their gladiators, why should we?

lasvegaspersona's picture

No one in meat space has mentioned a single word about this in my presence. This has to be one of those 'social media' things or maybe a hot topic in sports bars.

I do still see people wearing sports clothing but I assumed it was all from Goodwill because it all looks tattered and faded.

I am having a difficult time believing anyone really cares about this except Trump. I guess he cares about everything. He must have lots more energy than me.

Scuba Steve's picture

I was thinking opposite, quotas and Affirmative Action needed in NFL and NBA ... no way do they represent the national population.

Is that ghetto think?

Memedada's picture

Yep, “framing the debate” and make sure that the possibility of real/radical change is never on the agenda.

US only has a corporate controlled right-wing: the democrats (mouthing “liberalist” slogans) and the republicans (mouthing “conservative” slogans) – both bought and paid for by the ownership class. The media are owned by the same people. The think tanks/propaganda factories are owned by the same people. The private universities are owned by the same people – and the curriculum of the public education institutions are controlled by the same people.

US-plebs are living in a totally controlled propaganda-sphere and its ridicules to see the comments from “self-proclaimed” awakened US-plebs on this site. Totally clueless about their own indoctrination and at the same time believing to be “the enlighten ones”. They stay well within the frame set by their owners – most clamoring for more power to the ownership class (for instance the Trumpards, the fake libertarians Inc. and those who think it matters what part of the corporate controlled political party you vote for...).

D.T.Barnum's picture

That's a mighty good and succint wrap-up, dude.  You should contribute articles. 

Yes, our Zio-Masters giggle at us going around the mulberry bush in the pseudo-free peanut gallery.

zedwood's picture

Perfect distraction from Trump's disgusting/unhinged rant at the UN.  The National anthem at sporting events is really just another tool of State propaganda. It has noting to do with being loyal or respectful to "your country".   Besides, this isn't "our country".  That is an illusion.   If that were true, Washington D.C. would actually be part of the country and not a separate state.

Bay of Pigs's picture

It's sad to see ZHers falling for this crap again and again.

This isn't about freedom or defending an individuals rights. It's about control and demanding we believe the narrative presented and choose a side. A classic example of divide and conquer at work.

Talk about a fucked up country.

curbjob's picture

This is the kind of issue a politician makes a big deal about when they don't have anything else.

Of course, a group of sweaty bikers wearing the flag as do rags would be a respectful display of the nation's colors to Mr Trump IF they happened to be cheering him ... tho a stars and stripes bikini would be an offensive obstacle to grabbing a pussy.

Fuck the NFL and Trump.



Scuba Steve's picture

Who is this mythical altruistic politician you are looking for?

Amendment X's picture

Precisely! It's 1 distraction after another and the so called voting public is too stupid to catch on. POTUS has no business inseting himself into this manufactured fake debate. We are allowed to disrespect the flag and the national anthem and anything else we choose. ZH's and any other sensible adults should have turned off the NFL last year. I turned it off more than 10 years ago. The NFL rap sheet is too long and I will never provide them with 1 nickle of revenue. 

Never One Roach's picture

Why don't they protest by refusing their million dollar checks that Americans pay them every month?

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

I think whites living in nigger-infested neighborhoods are crazy, but they should organize and plan for niggers chimping-out.  Guarantee you after 50 niggers are killed in self-defense, the nig-nigs will be more careful when, where, and around whom they decide to become violent lawbreakers.

Handful of Dust's picture

Odd these blacks did not protest the cold blooded slaughter of cops by BLM.


They also did not protest Obama's cold blooded killing of millions of blacks in the middle east and north africa.


Don't support the NFL or any of these players who hate you.

Same with Muchael Jordan; where was he when BLM murdered all those people?

Piss on that black Billionaire  too.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Last year, I think, prior to a game the Dallas Cowgirls tired to honor the police officers that were killed at a BLM riot, but the NFL shut them down. Because you know, rulz and all.

greenskeeper carl's picture

These morons protesting the police are too stupid to realize they are the best thing that's happened to the americancpolice state since the war on drugs. Normal white people have been getting increasingly wary of police actions in recent years. Asset forfeiture, forced cavity searches on the side of the road, insane laws, the list goes on. But, out comes BLM, and the people see the other side and run right back to siding with the cops against them. People are also a lot less likely to complain about their increasing militarization of they keep getting bushwhacked by dindus with a pretend greivance as well.

SDShack's picture

Yep, NFL rules clearly state that everyone that protests, and the entire Steelers organization should be disciplined for what they did yesterday. But the elites NEVER have to obey the rules. This is just another example of the destruction of the Rule of Law in America. We have two laws now... one for the elites and one for the masses. The hypocracy of these spoiled NFL elites is amazing. These BLM thugs are essentially protesting alledged unequal treatment under the law by ignoring their own law/rules. Or worse yet, as the Dallas fiasco shows, selectively using the rules to advance a political agenda, which is essentially the beef of the entire BLM agenda. NFL hypocracy on steroids!

Z-PiLL's picture

Excuse us but WHY exactly should MJ be somwhere in this case?

I'm sure it would be better if everybody stuck to what they're good at (or least bad~).
We don't need athletes to mingle in politics, neither do we need politics in sports like this.

Just drop the ffing anthem before every event. The brainwash fails!

Freddie's picture

I love the USA but not evil Deep State/Mic/zio govt.

F**k the NFL, NBA and NCAA.

This half black actor on some Tv show does get it right about the NFL anthem, Support the Troops fake BS promoting endless wars.

I do not watch shit TV but his name is Jesse Williams.  He said this whole NFL anthem support the military with planes fly by is a total scam to recruit kids for the military to go off to fight (fake ) wars and kill people.  I totally agree.   The support the troops lie is full on propaganda.

If you really support these american kids - stop sending them off to fake bankster wars.

Justin Case's picture

Trump has done more to “disrespect our Great American Flag” than Kaepernick ever will.

Trump has abandoned or degraded the values that America stands for. In his first interview as President, he told ABC’s David Muir that torture “absolutely works”; earlier, during his campaign, Trump bragged that, “I would bring back waterboarding. And I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” In a December 2015 interview, he proposed making U.S. troops “take out [the] families” of terrorists, a war crime. Closer to home, Trump encouraged a gathering of police officers to brutalize suspected criminals by slamming their heads against cars. And just this week, he threatened to “totally destroy” an entire country, an act that would constitute genocide.

Trump has engaged in unprecedented attacks upon the freedom of the press; during the campaign, he promised to “open up libel laws” so he could sue media sources he didn’t like, and during his presidency he has labeled the media “the enemy of the American People” [sic] and “a great danger to our country.” When The Washington Post, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, published stories critical of the President, Trump appeared to threaten Amazon with anti-trust action. Perhaps most menacing, he suggested to then-FBI Director James Comey that he jail journalists.

Playtime's Over's picture


Your a shit bag just like your kneelin black buds. 

Jail journalist!!!!!!!   Nah, I was thinking rope and lamp post.

The rubber hits the road on this issue.  By and large el negro is paid handsomely to play with odd shaped ball and allow fans an escape from the world.  So make that escape impossible and show us how were a bunch of idiots for having a good feeling about the country and its flag. Fan base is not in the ghetto so keep on bitin the hand that feeds. Eight years of babboon rule and the black bloom is on the stink.

aurum4040's picture

I agree with your pretend racisim comments. It is crap and I don't agree with the kneelers - the kneelers should be more concerned with the fact that most black children don't have a father. That's where there beef lies. But the truth never matters. 

The Patriot Boomer thing - hey I get where you are coming from and in  many ways I detest the Boomer mentality as well but let me tell you something that many are forgetting. Many have no clue what it's like to live through a truly difficult time nor do they have a clue what it's like when their country is fighting in a real war that makes every other war look like a cakewalk. Of course I am referring to the great depression and WW2. Try telling a WW2 Vet about your cuck Patriotism mentality - he'll tell you about the things he's seen and lived through that would make you piss yourself and lie in a corner rolled up in the fetal position, shaking unable to even speak let alone move. And then he will tell you to get out of the country. Vets are beyond pissed about this crap and I don't blame them. You don't disrespect the flag and the anthem of the country that has gotten you where you are today, period.  

MillionDollarButter's picture

I would have proudly served in WW2... to fight the Soviet Union.  War is upon us.  It has been upon us openly for over 50 years.  If we do nothing to address the real attack from the power behind the "kneelers", your great grandchildren will have stories to tell you that will make you want to open your veins.  Stories that they won't get to live to tell anyone about.  Stories such as the ones from the largest genocide of the 20th century.  Real mass-murder perpetuated by cowards against innocent civilians in the cruelest and most horrific ways.  And where was our government for this?  We were allowing our nuclear program to be infiltrated by communists.  See the Venona Project.  The Democrats and the media have a long history of opening the doors to communism across the globe, starting with Truman and his cabinet.  China is on them.  North Korea is on them.  And now, we have allowed the same people who wore the mantle of communism in the 40s and 50s to wear the mantle of "the investor class" now and pit the labor of the 3rd world against the working class of America.  They have neutered our manufacturing to the point that I seriously doubt we could go to war with China if we had to.  They have used what is effectively counterfeiting to remove the possibility of your children being able to afford housing.  They have openly called for your replacement.

Bay of Pigs's picture

The Soviet Union was a US ally in WWII.

Not sure if the rest of your rant is sarc or serious. The power behind the kneelers? Brain dead leftists? Really? The warmongering Neocons, Banksters and Zionism are the threat to humanity. Sounds like you don't even know who the real enemy is.

MillionDollarButter's picture

You just pointed at another head of the hydra.  You should also take a look at the sides of the hydra that I have pointed out.

And if you should know the history of Bolshevism, of Soviet leadership, of the 1919 German revolution, of the Holodomor genocide.

You should know of the Bankster support for Trotsky.

when the saxon began's picture

"The Soviet Union was a US ally in WWII." I assumed that was his point.  He, like Patton, has figured out the USA fought on the wrong side. 

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Haha, I dare you to call a pack of niggers threatening you with bodily harm a bunch of snowflakes. Get the fuck outta here.