Trump of Two Minds on Cowboys' Anthem Move

'Great anger' but 'big progress'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2017 6:20 AM CDT
In this Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal airport, in Morristown, NJ.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – New day, same tune: President Trump on Tuesday morning ushered in a fifth day of tweeting against NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem, after having tackled the same topic Monday evening. In those tweets, he referred to a "tremendous backlash" against the league, its players, and their "disrespect," and also called out CNN, which he said reported that Chief of Staff John Kelly disagreed with his stance; not so, per Trump. On Tuesday morning, ratings and the Dallas Cowboys—who, as a team on Monday, knelt before the anthem but stood with arms linked for it—were top of mind. His three tweets:

  • "Ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!" (here)
  • "The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger" (here)
  • "..But while Dallas dropped to it knees as a team, they ALL stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made - we love our country!" (here)

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