Since Friday, President Trump has made a series of controversial comments regarding the NFL players who have knelt during the national anthem before games.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!'” Trump said at an Alabama rally on Friday, referencing the kneeling movement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started as a protest of police brutality and injustice against African Americans.
Following a chorus of NFL owners, athletes, and celebrities condemning Trump’s comments over the weekend, “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver made Trump’s NFL clash a main focus of his show on Sunday.
“The President of the United States took time out – while, it is worth noting, over three million American citizens in Puerto Rico are without power – to call Colin Kaepernick a son of a b—-,” Oliver said.
Trump has continued his attacks on the NFL players into Monday morning, after more than 200 players kneeled in games on Sunday. Numerous other players locked arms in solidarity against Trump, though Trump claimed in a tweet that the arm locking was done in “great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country”
“Even NFL commissioner Roger Goodell denounced the president’s comments,” Oliver said on his show. “And when you have lost the moral f—ing high ground to Roger Goodell, something is horribly wrong.”
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