Donald Trump took on a big job this week: trying to keep the NFL (and America) safe from democracy. Specifically, Trump had some Apprentice-worthy advice on what to do with (Black) athletes who take a knee during the national anthem. Speaking to a rally in Alabama, Trump tried to shore up his base by saying, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag, to say, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now? Out! He's fired. He's FIRED!"
Of course Trump’s behavior is nothing new. It’s not the first time he wants to fire someone for disagreeing with him, and it’s certainly not the first time he’s targeted Black activists or activism. But it’s not what’s new about this statement that should scare us. It’s what’s old about it.Read More