For much of his presidency, President Donald J. Trump has spent significant energy feuding with members of the media, celebrities and others who criticize him. But he recently ramped things up to include a new target: professional football players who choose to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem before each game.
Americans were horrified by the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. It’s still unclear what motivated Stephen Paddock to unleash such carnage, and that’s leading some people to engage in speculation.
Some ideas we can easily discount. TV preacher Pat Robertson, for example, has blamed the incident on a lack of respect for President Donald Trump, a thoughtless move that does little more than shift the blame away from the killer.
A few days ago, as Puerto Rico and other American territories were reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, President Donald J. Trump had other things on his mind – primarily professional football players who chose to “take a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem.
As usual, Trump kicked things off with an obligatory string of tweets. He then ramped up the rhetoric in other forums.