Saw this coming from a mile away … but here’s President Donald Trump going scorched earth on the NBA kneelers — calling the demonstration “disgraceful.”
“When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and national anthem, what I do personally is turn off the game,” Trump said Wednesday morning in a phone interview with “FOX & Friends.”
“I think it’s disgraceful. We work with [the NBA], we worked with them very hard trying to get open. I was pushing for them to get open. Then I see everybody kneeling during the anthem. That’s not acceptable to me.”
“When I see them kneeling during the game, I just turn off the game. I have no interest in the game. Let me tell you this, plenty of other people out there, too.”
During the call, Trump also claimed NBA ratings are way down — when according to TV sports media outlets, the rating are up 14% from the average before the season was suspended.
Trump added, “We have to stand up for our flag, stand up for our country. A lot of people agree with me. If I’m wrong, I’m going to lose an election. That’s okay with me. I will always stand for our flag.”
Trump has always hated kneeling — and publicly blasted Colin Kaepernick and other NFL stars for taking a knee back in 2017 … calling for the NFL fire any “son of a bitch” who doesn’t stand for the Star-Spangled Banner.
Ever since the NBA rebooted last week, just about every player, coach, ref and staff member inside the Bubble have taken a knee during the anthem before games.
Only 4 people — 2 players, 2 coaches — have stood for the anthem.
LeBron James, who took a knee, said he hopes the demonstration makes Colin Kaepernick proud and helps to shine a spotlight on police brutality and social injustice affecting the Black community and others.
During the call, Trump also claimed he’s done more for the Black community than any other president — with the “possible exception of Abraham Lincoln.”