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Trump doubles down on attacks on NFL and its players in angry Twitter rant

The president, completely powerless to stop protests, can do nothing but scream on Twitter


Jeremy Binckes
September 25, 2017 11:24AM (UTC)

On Sunday, as the sports world rebuked him in massive numbers, President Donald Trump used the bully pulpit to craft a rant targeted at a protest that seems to have worked better than expected.

It started on Sunday, when the president proposed fining and suspending players for their protest, which, as of Monday morning, hasn't happened yet.

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Trump continued, saying that protests are the main problem facing the league.

Trump also went deep into Twitter, searching for people sympathetic to his point of view, for retweets.

The president seemed triggered by the blowback from sports stars and celebrities who criticized him. Last week, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said that he would not be visiting the White House. That clearly bothered Trump, who was upset by the rebuke, which he demonstrated Saturday.

Twitter users were quick to point out that Trump was really angry at these protesters — more than, say, at white supremacists.

But on Sunday, Trump showed just how not-upset he was, because there was another team that did want to go to the White House — and a majority of their roster isn't even American!

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Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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