Trump contradicts himself on anthem policy
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President Donald Trump's latest statement on the NFL's new national anthem policy contradicts what he said when the league announced the change in May.
When the NFL announced that players should remain in the locker room rather than kneel during the anthem, Trump said he was for the move.
Now he has changed his tune.
"How about the NFL?" Trump said on Thursday. "Look, I don't want to cause controversy. They passed this stupid thing, you don't have to do this anymore. If you don't respect the flag or if you don't like the country or whatever it is, just go into the locker room.
"I think in many respects, that's worse. Isn't that worse than not standing? I think that's worse. So they say, 'Go into the locker room.' So OK, the anthem is getting ready to play, they run into the locker room, then they come back out. You know what? It doesn't play. I actually think in many ways it's worse."
On May 24 after the NFL announced the policy change, Trump said on Fox and Friends: "I think that's good. I don't think people should be staying in locker rooms, but still I think it's good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there, maybe you shouldn't be in the country. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem and the NFL owners did the right thing if that's what they've done."
The NFL obviously hoped the controversy would simply go away, but that hasn't happened. Just wait until they start playing games again.