President Donald Trump called out the NFL on Tuesday for making “a big mistake” by announcing the national anthem to protest police brutality.
“The NFL has gone too far,” Trump tweeted.
“I am asking you to stop the games immediately!”
Trump was responding to a question about NFL players taking a knee during the national song during the anthem in the aftermath of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.
On Wednesday, he tweeted, “The NFL is NOT doing the right thing!
They should respect OUR Country!
The people of the U.S. are tired of disrespecting our Country!””
Cov fefe” is slang for “covfudge,” a reference to the president’s response to the NFL’s anthem protests.
It refers to the slogan used by NFL players during the 1960s when they stood during the playing of the national anthems in protest of racial injustice.
Trump has said he’s a big fan of the NFL, which he said was unfairly criticized for kneeling during the Anthem on Monday.
“I’m very proud of the league,” Trump said on Wednesday.
“They’ve been unfairly criticized and the league has been very strong in the fight against racism and against police brutality, but I’m also very proud that they are standing for our country.”
Trump has not addressed the national media since his comments. “
We’re going to win and I’m going to do whatever I can to help.”
Trump has not addressed the national media since his comments.
The president has called for the NFL to release transcripts of his remarks, and he has also said the league should apologize to the players for not playing the anthem properly.