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Trump again speaks out on NFL player protests: ‘I thought we won that battle’



One day after NFL stars in a video called upon the league to increase its support of its players, Goodell said the league was wrong for ignoring those who spoke out and encouraged peaceful protests.

“Explain this to the NFL,” Trump said at Saturday’s rally. “I like the NFL. I like Roger Goodell. But I didn’t like what he said a week ago. I said: ‘Where did that come from in the middle of the summer? Nobody’s even asking.’ ”

“We will never kneel to our national anthem or our great American flag,” he said Saturday. “We will stand proud, and we will stand tall. I thought we won that battle with the NFL. Their stadiums were emptying out. Did you see those stadiums? Took them a long time to get you back. Lot of people didn’t like that. You know, lot of people that you wouldn’t even think would care that much. I’ve had people that I said, ‘These are super-left liberals,’ and they didn’t like it.”

At a rally in 2017, 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, out. He’s fired!’ ” On Wednesday, he said he would welcome Kaepernick’s return to the NFL, but “he has to be able to play well. If he can’t play well, I think it would be very unfair.”

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