It’s a Trump Trap and the NFL, NBA and Dems Walked Right In

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It's a Trump Trap and the NFL, NBA and Dems Walked Right In

Last year the NFL tried to spend an entire sea­son pre­tend­ing that the protests against the National Anthem were not hurt­ing atten­dance while try­ing to appease play­ers who decided they’d want to be social jus­tice war­riors of the pam­pered 1%.

This sea­son atten­dance and rat­ing con­tinue to drop as ath­letes decide to focus on protest rather than play and the ath­letes dou­bled down ask­ing the NFL to ded­i­cate a month to protest.

Four NFL play­ers sub­mit­ted a 10-​page memo to the league’s top offi­cials ask­ing for “overt league sup­port” and a month of anti-​police activism.

The 10-​page memo was obtained by Yahoo Sports and was endorsed by Seat­tle Sea­hawks’ Michael Ben­nett, Philadel­phia Eagles’ Mal­colm Jenk­ins, Eagles’ Tor­rey Smith and for­mer NFL player Anquan Boldin. The memo was sent to NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell and exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of foot­ball oper­a­tions Troy Vincent.

Ben­nett has sat dur­ing the national anthem dur­ing games and raises a fist on the field after mak­ing plays in protest of the police.

The memo asks for the league to make the month of Novem­ber as “activism aware­ness month” such as the league does with breast cancer.

This was a bomb­shell aimed directly at the blue col­lar white fan base that Roger Good­ell would like to avoid, but alas for him a more media savvy per­son rec­og­nized that NFL base that is get­ting angry at pam­pered ath­letes diss­ing the coun­try and law are upset­ting his base too.

Ed Mor­ris­sey saw where this was going:

After this, what will be more likely: NFL play­ers decide to obey Trump, or NFL play­ers make a spe­cial show of defy­ing Trump? Given his rel­a­tive pop­u­lar­ity in the urban areas that sup­port these teams, bet heav­ily on the lat­ter. And even those who might have eschewed protest­ing dur­ing the anthem before this for rea­sons of patri­o­tism will now have incen­tive to show sol­i­dar­ity with their team­mates, know­ing full well that Trump’s com­ments will put pres­sure on them to show that they’re not going to take orders from him.

This fad may have petered out nat­u­rally after a few more months; Trump’s all but guar­an­teed that we’ll get it through the 2020 elec­tion. And that may mean that NFL play­ers will need to keep it going through 2024, given the unpop­u­lar­ity of the protests every­where else. It’s a win-​win, I guess.

Sure enough the NFL com­mis­sioner who wasn’t will­ing to cri­tique his play­ers was more than will­ing to hit Trump

NFL com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell fired back at Pres­i­dent Trump on Sat­ur­day for encour­ag­ing league own­ers to remove play­ers who take a knee dur­ing the national anthem, say­ing Trump’s “divi­sive com­ments” show “an unfor­tu­nate lack of respect for the NFL.”

Oddly enough I don’t recall him call­ing the protests “divi­sive”, nor com­plain­ing about the “unfor­tu­nate lack of respect” for police or the coun­try and the flag.

Fur­ther­more on Fri­day another story came out about Stephen Curry say­ing he’s not going to the White House over Trump and the War­riors hedg­ing about going

”I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Myers said. ”It’s not as clear as, well I assume some peo­ple think it is and some peo­ple think it isn’t. So, from our opin­ion, my opin­ion, it deserves a proper forum. It deserves the right amount of thought, and so when we make the deci­sion we at least put in the right amount of time to make it.”

Stephen Curry has been out­spo­ken about not attend­ing, say­ing at media day Fri­day, ”I don’t want to go … my beliefs stay the same.”

So the Pres­i­dent, under­stand­ing that this is another gimme for his base, decided to make things eas­ier for them by tak­ing the deci­sion out of their hands.

Now by this time it should have been pretty obvi­ous that the Pres­i­dent is trolling the left here and hop­ing beyond hope that they choose to bite because he under­stand that to his base, par­tic­u­larly in state that the left needs if they want to win in 2020 can’t afford to upset those vot­ers who decided to aban­don them.

So if they were smart they would have let it go.

They Didn’t

And the msm has piled on with some disin­gen­u­ous breast beating:

Trump knows this. He is an avid con­sumer of TV and cul­ture. Which means that he is pur­posely play­ing at and with racial ani­mus here. That is a dark thing to do as the leader of the United States. And some­thing he deserves to be con­demned for.

This is from CNN which has spent the last 5 years play­ing the race card and doing all they can to divide the country.

How­ever some peo­ple get it like the folks at Powerline:

Lib­er­als have responded with pre­dictable hys­te­ria in defense of Colin Kaepernick’s (and oth­ers’) First Amend­ment rights. NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell issued a state­ment that crit­i­cized Trump with­out, how­ever, men­tion­ing the National Anthem issue, which sug­gests how sen­si­tive it is to the league’s hierarchy.

And Rich Lowry:

He takes a com­monly held sen­ti­ment — most peo­ple don’t like the NFL protests — and states it in an inflam­ma­tory way guar­an­teed to get everyone’s atten­tion and gen­er­ate out­rage among his crit­ics. When those crit­ics lash back at him, Trump is put in the posi­tion of get­ting attacked for a fairly com­mon­sen­si­cal view.

and Allah­pun­dit who while he sees a sil­ver lin­ing for the left as well

All of which … works out pretty well for both sides. Lib­er­als are for­ever grum­bling that pro ath­letes aren’t as “socially con­scious” as they should be given their influ­ence; James and Curry have the cachet to change that, and to do so at the expense of Democ­rats’ least favorite politi­cian. Trump fans will hate every minute of that and some apo­lit­i­cal fans will grow annoyed at hav­ing pol­i­tics crammed into yet another form of enter­tain­ment, and the back­lash will ben­e­fit Trump. As a mat­ter of raw pop­ulism, you can’t do bet­ter than the white-​identity-​politics pres­i­dent in a war of words with a group of black super­star ath­letes defend­ing another black ath­lete known for com­plain­ing about how oppres­sive Amer­ica is. I’d bet a kid­ney that Steve Ban­non, Trump’s pop­ulist id, couldn’t be more excited about last night’s shot at anthem protests and today’s fallout.

but for­gets that this helps Trump in places that he needs to win again and hurts him in places that he’s doesn’t, while help­ing the left in places that they are already win­ning in and hurts them in swing states and districts.

Because noth­ing is going to win over white work­ing class vot­ers than a bunch of rich ath­letes talk­ing about how oppressed they are by the coun­try that made them rich.

The left doesn’t seem to get this or if they do, they are too afraid of get­ting any sin­gle part of their frag­ile coali­tion together to risk keep­ing silent, they don’t want to see a bunch of pri­maries where they are flanked on the left.

What’s really ironic here is Trump is using the tac­tics of the left against them and play­ing by the same rules that they nor­mally do or as Kurt Schlichter put it

The left will miss the old rules come elec­tion day.

Update: Insta­lanche, thanks Ed. You’ll want to see these two fol­low up posts

The NFL Lost my wife today

and

The NFL Ques­tion Every 2018 Red State Demo­c­rat Can­di­date Now has to Answer

Also I had Robert Stacy McCain stay with me for a week, we hit Har­vard, Clark, UMass Amherst, He did TV in Worces­ter, gave speeches in Lex­ing­ton and did an event on fem­i­nism in Leomin­ster. You can find it all here.

Update 2: Guess what NFL shirt is the #1 seller for the Pitts­burgh steelers

or buy Ama­zon and give the NFL nothing

Plus the ulti­mate NFL twit­ter irony

Update 2: “Amer­ica Good”


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Last year the NFL tried to spend an entire season pretending that the protests against the National Anthem were not hurting attendance while trying to appease players who decided they’d want to be social justice warriors of the pampered 1%.

This season attendance and rating continue to drop as athletes decide to focus on protest rather than play and the athletes doubled down asking the NFL to dedicate a month to protest.

Four NFL players submitted a 10-page memo to the league’s top officials asking for “overt league support” and a month of anti-police activism.

The 10-page memo was obtained by Yahoo Sports and was endorsed by Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles’ Torrey Smith and former NFL player Anquan Boldin. The memo was sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent.

Bennett has sat during the national anthem during games and raises a fist on the field after making plays in protest of the police.

The memo asks for the league to make the month of November as “activism awareness month” such as the league does with breast cancer.

This was a bombshell aimed directly at the blue collar white fan base that Roger Goodell would like to avoid, but alas for him a more media savvy person recognized that NFL base that is getting angry at pampered athletes dissing the country and law are upsetting his base too.

Ed Morrissey saw where this was going:

After this, what will be more likely: NFL players decide to obey Trump, or NFL players make a special show of defying Trump? Given his relative popularity in the urban areas that support these teams, bet heavily on the latter. And even those who might have eschewed protesting during the anthem before this for reasons of patriotism will now have incentive to show solidarity with their teammates, knowing full well that Trump’s comments will put pressure on them to show that they’re not going to take orders from him.

This fad may have petered out naturally after a few more months; Trump’s all but guaranteed that we’ll get it through the 2020 election. And that may mean that NFL players will need to keep it going through 2024, given the unpopularity of the protests everywhere else. It’s a win-win, I guess.

Sure enough the NFL commissioner who wasn’t willing to critique his players was more than willing to hit Trump

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fired back at President Trump on Saturday for encouraging league owners to remove players who take a knee during the national anthem, saying Trump’s “divisive comments” show “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”

Oddly enough I don’t recall him calling the protests “divisive”, nor complaining about the “unfortunate lack of respect” for police or the country and the flag.

Furthermore on Friday another story came out about Stephen Curry saying he’s not going to the White House over Trump and the Warriors hedging about going 

”I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Myers said. ”It’s not as clear as, well I assume some people think it is and some people think it isn’t. So, from our opinion, my opinion, it deserves a proper forum. It deserves the right amount of thought, and so when we make the decision we at least put in the right amount of time to make it.”

Stephen Curry has been outspoken about not attending, saying at media day Friday, ”I don’t want to go … my beliefs stay the same.”

So the President, understanding that this is another gimme for his base, decided to make things easier for them by taking the decision out of their hands.

Now by this time it should have been pretty obvious that the President is trolling the left here and hoping beyond hope that they choose to bite because he understand that to his base, particularly in state that the left needs if they want to win in 2020 can’t afford to upset those voters who decided to abandon them.

So if they were smart they would have let it go.

They Didn’t

And the msm has piled on with some disingenuous breast beating:

Trump knows this. He is an avid consumer of TV and culture. Which means that he is purposely playing at and with racial animus here. That is a dark thing to do as the leader of the United States. And something he deserves to be condemned for.

This is from CNN which has spent the last 5 years playing the race card and doing all they can to divide the country.

However some people get it like the folks at Powerline:

Liberals have responded with predictable hysteria in defense of Colin Kaepernick’s (and others’) First Amendment rights. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement that criticized Trump without, however, mentioning the National Anthem issue, which suggests how sensitive it is to the league’s hierarchy.

And Rich Lowry:

He takes a commonly held sentiment — most people don’t like the NFL protests — and states it in an inflammatory way guaranteed to get everyone’s attention and generate outrage among his critics. When those critics lash back at him, Trump is put in the position of getting attacked for a fairly commonsensical view.

and Allahpundit who while he sees a silver lining for the left as well

All of which … works out pretty well for both sides. Liberals are forever grumbling that pro athletes aren’t as “socially conscious” as they should be given their influence; James and Curry have the cachet to change that, and to do so at the expense of Democrats’ least favorite politician. Trump fans will hate every minute of that and some apolitical fans will grow annoyed at having politics crammed into yet another form of entertainment, and the backlash will benefit Trump. As a matter of raw populism, you can’t do better than the white-identity-politics president in a war of words with a group of black superstar athletes defending another black athlete known for complaining about how oppressive America is. I’d bet a kidney that Steve Bannon, Trump’s populist id, couldn’t be more excited about last night’s shot at anthem protests and today’s fallout.

but forgets that this helps Trump in places that he needs to win again and hurts him in places that he’s doesn’t, while helping the left in places that they are already winning in and hurts them in swing states and districts.

Because nothing is going to win over white working class voters than a bunch of rich athletes talking about how oppressed they are by the country that made them rich.

The left doesn’t seem to get this or if they do, they are too afraid of getting any single part of their fragile coalition together to risk keeping silent, they don’t want to see a bunch of primaries where they are flanked on the left.

What’s really ironic here is Trump is using the tactics of the left against them and playing by the same rules that they normally do or as Kurt Schlichter put it

The left will miss the old rules come election day.

Update: Instalanche, thanks Ed. You’ll want to see these two follow up posts

The NFL Lost my wife today

and

The NFL Question Every 2018 Red State Democrat Candidate Now has to Answer

Also I had Robert Stacy McCain stay with me for a week, we hit Harvard, Clark, UMass Amherst, He did TV in Worcester, gave speeches in Lexington and did an event on feminism in Leominster. You can find it all here.

Update 2: Guess what NFL shirt is the #1 seller for the Pittsburgh steelers

or buy Amazon and give the NFL nothing

Plus the ultimate NFL twitter irony

Update 2: “America Good”


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