President Trump appeared on Fox News’ Hannity last night before a large Pennsylvania crowd. He was asked to address the NFL kneeling controversy, and in particular, the player who started it all, Colin Kaepernick.
As usual, the president was blunt. He had his answer prepared well in advance.
To put it short, 45 says suspending Kaepernick one game would’ve done the trick. If that had happened, we wouldn’t be so focused on the issue today.
The NFL should have suspended former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, President Donald Trump said in an interview set to air on Fox News Channel Wednesday night.
“I watched Colin Kaepernick and I thought it was terrible,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity, according to a report at The Hill. “And then it got bigger and bigger and started mushrooming. And frankly the NFL should have suspended him for one game and he would have never done it again.”
More from The Hill:
“They could have then suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him again if he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a problem,” he said. “But I will tell you – you cannot disrespect our country, our flag, our anthem, you cannot do that.”
The comments from the president are his latest response to a controversy that has stretched over several weeks since Trump first suggested NFL owners fire players who choose to kneel, rather than stand, during the national anthem.
Trump knew exactly what he was doing when he said this, as is generally the case. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be forced to take notice, and he will listen.
What happened after Trump said Congress should look into the tax exempt status of NFL teams? Goodell almost instantly made a statement asking players to stand.
Goodell then tried to get owners to change the anthem rule to require players to stand, but that fell through after rumblings of an ‘uproar.’
The NFL is now the least liked sport, as popularity is down 31% among core fans, per Washington Examiner:
From the end of August to the end of September, the favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, and it has the highest unfavorable rating – 40 percent – of any big sport, according to the Winston Group survey provided exclusively to Secrets.
Worse for football, which was already seeing lower TV ratings and empty stadium seats, the month of protests and complaints about them from President Trump drove core fans, men 34-54, away, the most significant indicator that NFL brass aren’t in touch with their base.
The Winston Poll from the Washington-based Winston Group found that the attitude of those fans went from an August rating of 73 percent favorable and 19 percent unfavorable to 42 percent favorable and 47 percent unfavorable, a remarkable turn against the sport.
According to Yahoo, NFL advertisers are worried:
Four weeks into the current NFL season, television ratings are down nearly 10% overall compared to the first four weeks of last season. Sunday’s games in Week 4, according to Nielsen, had the smallest audience of any Sunday so far: an average 14.2 million viewers.
Add that ratings dip to the ongoing controversy around player protests, and you might reasonably wonder how official NFL sponsors, as well as brands that buy advertising during NFL games, feel right now about the league.
The answer: “They’re nervous,” says Brian Cristiano, CEO of ad agency Bold Worldwide. “Everyone is looking at the numbers, they’re looking at the ratings… they’re nervous. They’re like, ‘Are we overpaying? What are we going to do? Can we have makeups? How else are we going to get this exposure back?’”
Trump wins re-election in 2020? Sure looks that way, especially if lefties keep up the nonsense.