An article a couple of days old caught my eye. The mayor of Philly (a Democrat, of course) complained that Trump was playing the NFL “like a fiddle.”
Philadelphia Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney said Tuesday that President Donald Trump is getting the upper hand on the National Football League in a manufactured fight with his hometown Eagles.
“I think that this is all a stunt,” Kenney said. “And I think that the President is playing the NFL like a fiddle and these players are caught in the middle.”
Kenney, speaking on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” said none of the Eagles knelt during the regular season or postseason during the playing of the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice, nor did they sit out the anthem in their locker room.
“He’s making it up as he goes along in an effort to divide this country more than he has already,” Kenney said of Trump.
Unlike a lot of Republicans who are constantly advocating abandonment and retreat in the culture wars, Trump seems to understand that’s important to engage in those wars aggressively as a way to rally his base. This is similar to what the the left has been doing for decades.
The problem for the NFL is they’re very unsympathetic. It is a league of rich playboy millionaires who are protesting the United States by protesting the flag. This causes visceral revulsion in the hearts of most normal people, who can’t understand why these wealthy tycoons hate the country which has given them so much. Even if most of the players aren’t brave enough to admit they hate the country, Americans instinctively understand why they are protesting the flag.
Trump picked a perfect target, and has baited them at every opportunity. Because liberals aren’t very bright, they fall for his bait every time and are constantly squabbling with him and attacking him in public. This has resulted in a ratings crash that has gotten worse and worse, with the NFL’s popularity at an all time low.
The NFL was trying to put the anti-US protests behind them, but the Eagles’ decision to antagonize Trump in public and refuse to behave like adults and visit the White House ensured the feud between the NFL and Trump would flare up again. I would not be surprised if the players continue protesting the flag in 2018 in spite of the NFL’s new rules. This will probably lead to even greater ratings drops.
All the NFL has to do is stop taking Trump’s bait and behave like rational adults instead of the rich spoiled playboys they are. But it doesn’t seem likely they have the self-control to do it. Liberals are not nearly as smart as they think they are.