White House says Trump's stance on kneeling NFL players is 'pretty black and white'
Nobody in the White House seems to have heard of the word "irony."
"Sure it's a short word, but it has too many syllables, Poindexter!"
I really enjoy the fact that we are supposed to condemn these NFL players for disrespecting the troops.
First of all, how did the freakin' troops get into the equation at all? Talk about spin!
But second of all, guess what those troops are fighting for! It's America. And the one thing that absolutely differentiates America from all other countries is the First Amendment. In every other country that I can think of, the government gets to decide which opinions one may express in public. That includes the liberal European countries and the other great English-speaking democracies. Only in America do the citizens have the unrestricted right to express any opinions they care to - because the government is forbidden by the Constitution from abridging that right. The Congress could not pass a law against this form of protest even if they wanted to. The Supreme Court has already held, several generations ago, that citizens have the right not to salute the flag as a matter of conscience. Clearly this protest is completely analogous.
In other words, the troops are actually fighting for the right of those guys to take a knee, irrespective of who agrees with them.
Of course they are also fighting for the right of President Trump to express his opinion about those actions.
But there is one exception. While Trump, like any citizen, has the right to express his opinion about the appropriateness of the players' actions, he may have crossed the line into an illegal act when he suggested that owners should fire the protesting players. That appears to be a violation of 18 U.S. Code § 227: "Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by an officer of the executive branch." If the House were truly objective rather than political, that could be construed as an impeachable offense, since it is punishable by 15 years in prison and disqualification from holding any Federal office.
In other words, the Prez better hope to God that the conservatives can retain their congressional majorities in the 2018 elections, because he's going to be in serious trouble if the Donkey boys get control.
(Of course, needless to say, the owners are not actually going to take Trump's advice by firing any of those players or making any rules forbidding the players from kneeling, so Trump could argue that he knew his words were just meaningless political prattle and would not actually influence any hiring or firing decisions. In other words, he could defend a prosecution under that statute by admitting that nobody in his right mind would ever do what Trump suggested.)