President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning regarding the NFL and the tax breaks it receives.
by Mike Chiari
(B/R) – Trump called for the league to no longer receive tax breaks due to the fact that some players protest during the national anthem:
Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Trump has been a vocal opponent of players kneeling during the anthem, and he commented on the matter last month during a rally in Alabama: “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’? ‘Out! He’s fired! He’s fired!'”
Following Trump’s speech, there was a significant uptick in anthem demonstrations across the NFL during Week 3.
While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
Trump later praised Pence for his decision:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017