During a rally for Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama, President Trump chimed in on the whole Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players protesting the national anthem.
Like anything he does, it was done with style and a whole lot of controversy.
“We are proud of our country. We respect our flag,” Trump said. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired. He’s fired!’”
“That’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything we stand for.”
The president also added that fans should “leave the stadium… Pick up and leave,” if they see any player take a knee; also claiming they wouldn’t be missing much.
NFL players were outraged and posted their reactions on Twitter, including DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association.
“We will never back down. We no longer can afford to stick to sports,” Smith wrote on Twitter.
“This union, however, will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens as well as their safety as men who compete in a game that exposes them to great risks,” he continued read.
Former running back and New Orleans Saints player Reggie Bush wrote: “[Kaepernick] we riding with you bro.”
“I can’t take anything our Celebrity in Chief says seriously,” wrote Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka. “He’s a real life clown/troll.”
Washington Redskins inside linebacker Zach Brown tweeted: “Trump stay in ur place… football have nothing to do wit u smh.”
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron said: “Does anyone tell Trump to stick to politics like they tell us to stick to sports?”
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley tweeted: “When will people learn that fear won’t make someone sit down. It quite possibly will make more stand up for what they believe in.”
And Minnesota Vikings running back Bishop Sankey said: “It’s a shame and disgrace when you have the President of the U.S. calling citizens of the country sons of bitches.”