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.”
WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.
Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.
"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."
John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police
John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.
It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."
While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."
Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.