Donald Trump finally gets it right

He’s fat loud and mentally ill. He assaults women and defames immigrants. He threatens TV stars, journalists, politicians, and the director of the FBI. He even threatens to annihilate entire countries, like North Korea and it’s millions of citizens. He appeals to the uneducated, racists and bigots of this screwed up country, and he’s proud of himself.

He is the most loathsome disgusting and divisive man ever to hold the office of U.S. president – and that’s saying something. But just now, this weekend, he managed to get something right. At long last he finally did us some good. Donald Trump somehow figured out a way to unite this angry roiling country, when he decided to personally attack its football players.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now … He is fired’,” Trump said on Friday at a rally for Alabama Senate Republican candidate Luther Strange.

Trump said in Twitter messages later on Saturday that, if NFL players wanted “the privilege” of high salaries, they “should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU‘RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

This is a man who was born with “the privilege” of hundreds of millions of dollars in his front pocket, angry at other men – grown men, real men – who play a dangerous game well enough to greatly enrich the bank accounts of his fellow billionaires. He is outraged they would in any way protest the seemingly endless murders of unarmed black civilians. He wants to be taken seriously. This is not much of a man, at all.

And he’s starting his own grass-roots movement. To take down the National Football League. From the hardscrabble environs of the White House.

It won’t work.

Goodell issued a statement later Saturday morning that read: “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

President Pops retorted:

Sorry, gramps.

But it’s been a while since football teams were occupied only by “good old boys.” Football teams have now included gay players, immigrants, Muslims and even female coaches. To expect athletes to reinforce the traditional politics of an America that has undergone great changes is a refusal to recognize that the football field, like America as a whole, has become far more ideologically diverse than some longtime fans of the game realized.

This is a rare sighting. You’d have to go back 30 some-odd years, to a time when President Reagan-with-Alzheimers used to say geezer shit like “Trees cause more pollution than cars do”, to come up with anything so askew with reality. Trump has stepped in it this time.

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