When Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest “police brutality” at the beginning of the 2016 NFL season, most Americans saw his move as not a protest, but an insult. As time has gone on, it’s become more of a signal virtuing status symbol among a bunch of thugs who don’t have a good handle on the real law enforcement statistics.
(A significant percentage of them are convicted felons, but we’re not supposed to notice that.)
In 2017, the movement continued, and President Donald Trump took up the cause of the men and women who defend this great nation against the players. According to one sports related talking head, Stephen A. Smith, the whole debate has been “hijacked” for Trump’s purposes, which aren’t necessarily patriotic. Smith has a theory:
“In the end what it really really comes down to is the president has successfully hijacked this issue. He’s turned it into an issue about patriotism and beyond, he’s catering to his base in the process and the biggest thing he’s doing is he’s pulling it all off hiding behind these issues when, in my opinion, his real agenda is going after an NFL community that didn’t let him in that ‘good ole boys club,’” Smith said.
“He is the one that’s winning because he’s turned this into something that the players didn’t intend to. So they’re going to have to find a different mechanism to have their voices heard, because Trump has won this round.”
Ahh, so the NFL snubbed President Trump when they refused to allow him to buy a team, and he found an issue to use as leverage for revenge for not being a member of the Billionaire Boys Club. His money wasn’t good enough.
Huh. Maybe. Stranger things have happened. Trump has the bully pulpit for this, but Mr. Smith ignores the basic premise that even last season, the taking the knee bit spawned an initial boycott by patriots. The fans gave the players another chance, and they blew it, now the whole league is feeling the pinch.
All because of a lie, actually. And that the American people doing the boycotting also recognize.