×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Trump Praises NASCAR for Not Tolerating Protest During National Anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump took to praising NASCAR on Monday after some of its owners said that they would not tolerate protests during the national anthem.

It was the fourth day in a row that Trump has gone after players who have bent on one knee during the anthem, in a protest of racial injustice, and the NFL officials and team owners who have shown support in solidarity.

On Sunday, dozens of players did so, after Trump first attacked them for doing so at a rally in Alabama and later called for a boycott if action wasn’t taken by the NFL to curb the protests. He called on team owners to fire any “son of a b—” who “disrespects our flag.”

At the Washington Redskins game against Oakland, Redskins owner Dan Snyder locked arms with teammates in solidarity while a few players when on one knee. Many of the Raiders remained seated.

Trump’s tweet about NASCAR was in response to reports that owners would fire those who chose to protest during the anthem.

Trump also tweeted support for #Standforouranthem, a campaign against the protests. The NFL on Sunday night re-aired an ad that calls for unity.

Meanwhile, arguably NASCAR’s biggest star Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted a quote in opposition to the president, and defending peaceful protests.

Trump denied that his criticism of the NFL and team players has “anything to do with race.” According to the Institute of Diversity and Ethics in Sport, African Americans made up 69.7% of the players in the NFL in 2016.

Trump, though, has also tried to make standing during the anthem about respect for the military. He retweeted a remark about Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who joined the U.S. Army in the aftermath of 9/11 and was killed in Afghanistan.

Trump also claimed that many of the players who went on one knee were booed.

More Politics

  • HRC, UCLA to Host Presidential Candidates

    Human Rights Campaign, UCLA to Host Presidential Candidates Forum on LGBTQ Issues

    The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and UCLA are teaming up to host a forum in October for Democratic presidential candidates focused on LGBTQ issues. The event will take place on Oct. 10 in UCLA’s Royce Hall, and will be part of UCLA’s Luskin Lecture Series from the university’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. National Coming [...]

  • Devin Nunes

    Devin Nunes Files $250 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Twitter

    U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes filed a $250 million defamation lawsuit against Twitter on Monday, alleging that he has been the victim of hundreds of hate-filled tweets. The suit also takes aim at Liz Mair, a Republican communications consultant who has attacked Nunes on Twitter, and the anonymous accounts “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow.” [...]

  • Members of the public mourn at

    Peter Jackson: New Zealanders Stand 'United in Our Love' in Wake of Mosque Attacks

    “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson said Saturday that he and his fellow New Zealanders “stand united in our love and support for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters” in the wake of the devastating terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that left at least 49 people dead. “New Zealanders are devastated,” Jackson [...]

  • Steven Mnuchin

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Grilled Over Interest in Wife's Production Company

    WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was asked in a Senate hearing about a continued potential interest in Stormchaser Films, the production company founded by his wife, Louise Linton. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, said at a hearing on Thursday that the concern is that “there has been [...]

  • Police keep watch at a park

    At Least 49 Killed in Terrorist Attack on Two New Zealand Mosques

    Armed attacks Friday on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killed at least 49 people and injured dozens of others in what authorities called an act of terrorism. Four people – three men and one woman – were in custody Friday evening, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. One of them, reported to be [...]

  • Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union

    British Parliament Decides to Ask for Delay to Brexit

    The British Parliament has voted to ask for a delay to the U.K.’s exit from the European Union in a bid for more time to get squabbling lawmakers behind a deal on the terms of the withdrawal. The U.K. is currently due to leave the E.U. on March 29, but Thursday evening’s 412-202 vote in [...]

  • President Donald Trump listens to a

    N.Y. Appeals Court Rules Trump Can't Avoid Summer Zervos' Defamation Suit

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is not immune from a defamation lawsuit brought by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, even as his lawyers argued that the case should at least be deferred until the end of his term, a New York appeals court ruled on Thursday. Trump’s attorneys had argued that the Supremacy Clause of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content