'Un-American': Former GOP Congressman Rips Trump for Suggesting NFL Players Who Kneel Should Leave the Country
Former Republican congressman from Illinois and current conservative radio talk show host Joe Walsh went after President Donald Trump in a searing tweet after the president attacked NFL players who don't stand for the national anthem.
“You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing,” Trump said in a Fox News interview on Thursday. “You shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”
Trump was referencing an NFL rule change announced yesterday that prohibits on-field anthem protests. The move was swiftly denounced as violating the spirit of the First Amendment and an obvious deference to the authoritarian-leaning president.
Walsh wasn't having the president's latest attacks on free speech.
"I hope EVERYONE realizes how un-American it is to say that people who don't stand for the Anthem should leave the country," Walsh wrote on Twitter.
I hope EVERYONE realizes how un-American it is to say that people who don't stand for the Anthem should leave the country.— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh) 1527175947.0
Trump's feud with the NFL has its roots in his own failed attempt at competing with the NFL in the 1980s with an organization called the United States Football League.