President Donald Trump said the NFL’s business would “go to hell” unless players stopped protesting during the National Anthem.
Reporters asked why Trump had defended the rights of white supremacists to protest the removal of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, but the president instead continued his attacks on NFL players.
“I think the NFL is in a box, a really bad box,” Trump said. “You look what’s happening with their ratings. Frankly, the only thing doing well in the NFL is the pregame, because everybody wants to see what’s going on. The NFL is in a very bad box. You cannot have people disrespecting our National Anthem, our flags, our country and that’s what they’re doing.”
“And in my opinion, the NFL has to change, or you know what’s going to happen?” the president added. “Their business is going to go to hell.”
Trump insisted he backed the First Amendment, but then he suggested limits to those rights for professional athletes — and claimed he had majority support for those limits.
“We have to respect our National Anthem and our country,” he said. “They’re not respecting our country, and most importantly, the fans agree with me. Largely, the fans agree, but we have to show total respect for our National Anthem, for our flag, for our country. We have to do it. There are plenty of places and, personally, when they’re protesting during a football game, I think they can find better places but they cannot do it during the National Anthem. I am going to see — I’m looking at that very closely. I’m not happy with it, I am not happy with it.”
Star Trek’s George Takei is ‘expecting some royalties’ after Trump unveiled new Space Force logo
President Donald Trump unveiled his new Space Force logo Friday afternoon, and many immediately noticed a strong similarity to the Star Trek logo. Even the original "Star Trek" series' actor George Takei had a lot of fun at Trump's expense – including demanding some royalties.
I feel like Melania must have had a hand in copyi--I mean, designing this.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 24, 2020
Republican Martha McSally absolutely destroyed by GOP consultant for her defense of Trump
Interim-Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) was shut down on Twitter on Friday by a top Republican as she tried to defend President Donald Trump on Twitter.
House impeachment managers have argued that America cannot wait until the 2020 election to pass judgment on Trump, as the first article of impeachment was passed because the House of Representatives concluded he was attempting to cheat in the election.
"The president's misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box. For we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) charged on Friday.
McSally said Schiff was wrong and judgment on Trump should be decided by the voters, even if Trump was caught cheating.
Mike Pompeo screamed at reporter she couldn’t find Ukraine on a map — she did and the interview was shut down
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went off on an NPR reporter during an interview, according to a transcript of the full interview and the report from Kelly on air.
"All Things Considered" co-host Mary Louise Kelly has reported on national security and foreign policy for decades. Ahead of her interview with Pompeo, she cleared with the State Department that they could discuss Ukraine and Iran as part of their interview. It was approved. Yet, when the moment came, Pompeo lost his cool.