President Trump on Tuesday called for the NFL to "set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!"
President Trump on Tuesday said that viewers watch the start of National Football League (NFL) games to see “whether or not our country will be disrespected.”
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
Trump then criticized the Dallas Cowboys for briefly kneeling before the national anthem Monday night before their game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made-we all love our country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
The entire Dallas Cowboys roster – including owner Jerry Jones – momentarily sank to one knee before “The Star-Spangled Banner” began.
The moment led to boos from some audience members at the University of Phoenix Stadium, where the Cardinals hosted the Cowboys during Monday’s home game.
The Cardinals, for their part, stood for the anthem while locking arms with current and former military service members.
Monday’s contest was the final matchup of the NFL’s Week 3, which was overshadowed by controversy of Trump’s criticism of the football league.
Some Twitter users on Tuesday derided Trump’s remarks about the organization, while others supported the president’s comments.
Donald Trump you need to apologize to the NFL and to the American people you need to do it now— Chrislewis689@gmail. (@chrislewis1959) September 26, 2017
In a debate over standing for the national anthem, Donald Trump wins big and NFL, owners, players, & TV partners lose big.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 26, 2017
Jones joined several other NFL owners who stood or knelt with their teams this weekend after Trump blasted athletes who do not stand for the national anthem.
“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,’” Trump said last Friday during a rally in Alabama for Senate candidate Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL).
Trump’s remarks provoked widespread backlash from NFL coaches, executives and players over the weekend.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling rather than standing for the national anthem in 2016 to protest police treatment of minorities in the U.S.
Kaepernick’s demonstration has since been replicated by scores of NFL employees, and copycat protests have followed in other professional sports leagues.
Critics say the protests are unpatriotic and disrespectful, while advocates counter they are an appropriate stand against racial injustice.
The Washington Redskins' Josh Norman said Trump "is not welcome here in Washington, D.C."