'Unacceptable' - Donald Trump Responds to Renewed National Anthem Protests

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This morning, Trump suggested fans staying away from games would send a message to the league and players who don't stand for the anthem. In its initial social media graphic, it used the hashtag #TakeAStandNotAKnee. He then took a swipe at the NFL's recent attempts to combat player injuries by penalizing certain hits for unnecessary roughness.

Marc Short, director of the White House's Legislative Affairs, said Trump's stance was the same as the "vast majority" of Americans, who he said believe that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful. "Bad ratings!" Trump wrote.

President Donald Trump once again used Twitter as his platform to comment on national anthem protests Sunday, once again criticizing players who took a knee before the 1 p.m. ET games stateside and early kickoff in London. "I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities".

The president was referring to a string of protests, initiated by NFL player Colin Kaepernick, of kneeling when the national anthem played to protest the brutality and violence black people face at the hands of the police.

Almost 20 players from the Patriots took a knee during the playing of Sunday's anthem, as a loud chorus of boos rained down from the Gillette Stadium crowd both before and after the anthem's conclusion.

Other coaches and players locked arms during the anthem.

Earlier in the day, several Detroit Lions and other National Football League players expressed their displeasure with Trump's comments via social media. Find something else to do!

Trump also tweeted about the issue on Saturday.

Wading into thorny issues of race and politics, Mr. Trump's comments in a Friday night speech and a series of Saturday tweets drew sharp responses from some of the nation's top athletes, with LeBron James calling the president a "bum".

Kaepernick, who is now without a team, told NFL Media last August: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color".

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