Trump attacks NFL protesters

U.S. President Donald Trump called on Friday for NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem to be suspended without pay, renewing his attack on the protesting athletes.

Mr. Trump, who triggered an uproar last year after condemning players protesting social injustice, lashed out again after two Miami Dolphins players took a knee during a pre-season game on Thursday.

“The NFL players are at it again — taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway.

“Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!”

Mr. Trump’s salvo came after Miami players Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during a rendition of
The Star-Spangled Banner
on Thursday.

In a separate protest, Philadelphia Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins and De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the playing of the song before their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Political analysts have predicted Mr. Trump would seek to keep the issue alive to energise supporters ahead of November’s crucial mid-term elections, framing protesters as unpatriotic and disrespectful to the military.

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