Dem Rep Hammers Trump For Joke About Wanting North Korean-Like Fealty From Americans: ‘You Wannabe Tyrant’

They say that every joke has a grain of truth to it, because that’s what makes it funny. To Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), absolutely nothing was funny about a “joke” President Donald Trump made about wishing Americans would “sit up at attention” when he speaks, like the citizens of North Korea do for leader Kim Jong Un. “You don’t understand sarcasm,” Trump told a reporter who asked him to explain what he meant by this, and then asked who the journalist worked for. When the answer came – CNN – Trump dismissed him with a wave of his hand and said, “You are the worst.” Meanwhile, Trump’s little gag didn’t go over too well at least with Yarmuth, who slammed him with a reference to Trump’s insistence that people stand for the national anthem:

New Poll: Most Americans Don’t Think Taking a Knee During National Anthem is Unpatriotic

The majority of Americans don’t think that players taking a knee during the national anthem is unpatriotic, according to a just-released Quinnipiac poll. According to the June 7 report, 58 percent of American voters say that the players choosing to protest are not being unpatriotic. In addition, the majority of American voters, 53 percent, say that professional athletes have the “right to protest on the playing field or court.” A narrow majority, 51 percent, also think that the NFL should not fine kneelers. Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, summarized the findings as follows:
“Voters are clearly torn on the National Anthem issue. They seem to be saying, ‘You can
still love your country and kneel during its Anthem,’ but the NFL’s new ‘must stand’ mandate is fine with them, too. As for teams that defy the new rule, Americans say, ‘Don’t throw a flag Continue reading "New Poll: Most Americans Don’t Think Taking a Knee During National Anthem is Unpatriotic"

Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins Holds Up Signs in Stunning Press Conference: ‘YOU AREN’T LISTENING’

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had a message for President Donald Trump and others just one day after Trump’s decision to disinvite them from a White House celebration on June 5 to mark their Super Bowl win. And he never uttered a single word. In a stunningly silent press conference, Jenkins held up a sign reading “More than 60% of people in prison are people of color” during a locker room meeting with the press. Then, as reporters asked him questions, to which he did not respond, he held up a second sign saying, “Nearly 200,000 juveniles enter the adult criminal system each year, most for non-violent crimes.” With mics pushed in and questions continuing one reporter asked if Jenkins was “just gonna use these posters.” Jenkins did not respond, instead holding up a sign reading, “you aren’t listening.” Jenkins was not done yet. As reporters continued Continue reading "Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins Holds Up Signs in Stunning Press Conference: ‘YOU AREN’T LISTENING’"

CNN’s Angela Rye: The National Anthem Is ‘Problematic In and Of Itself’

On CNN on Tuesday, Jake Tapper was discussing the NFL and President Trump with his panel on The Lead, and the conversation at one point turned specifically to the Anthem itself. CNN Commentator and NPR Analyst Angela Rye argued that Trump is using the anthem issue as a wedge and in order to stoke racial tensions ahead of the elections in November. GOP commentator and former Mitch McConnell campaign manager Josh Holmes disputed that, saying the President has a “well-articulated” position on standing during the national anthem. As the conversation continued, Rye said that Trump’s biggest problem with the Eagles was that his ego couldn’t countenance a small gathering with few players. Then she turned to the anthem itself. “We’re going to now end up in a midterm where we’re talking about the national anthem,” she said. “The national anthem is problematic in and of itself, there’s a second Continue reading "CNN’s Angela Rye: The National Anthem Is ‘Problematic In and Of Itself’"

NFL Network: Only One Single Player Was Set to Attend Philadelphia Eagles Event at White House

The NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo was able to get confirmation on Tuesday that the number of players from the Philadelphia Eagles who were confirmed to attend the White House event celebrating their Super Bowl victory was less even than the “10 or fewer” number they first reported on Monday. In fact, the only person they knew was confirmed to attend was Super Bowl MVP Quarterback Nick Foles. There would potentially have been at most two additional players, for a total of three or fewer, said Garafolo. The White House said “no thanks”, as Garafolo put it. President Donald Trump abruptly disinvited the Super Bowl-Champions on Monday, after finding out that most of the team would not be attending the celebration. In a statement, he blamed the cancellation on national anthem protests, but none of the Eagles knelt for the anthem during last season. After calling off the event, Trump instead Continue reading "NFL Network: Only One Single Player Was Set to Attend Philadelphia Eagles Event at White House"

Chris Cuomo, David Urban Blow Up Over Trump Eagles Snub: ‘Do You Believe Patriotism is Jingoism?’

On Cuomo Primetime on Tuesday night, host Chris Cuomo and guests David Urban and Van Jones took on the NFL protests, the Eagles, and Trump’s player-less tribute stunt in a conversation that can really only be described as “exciting”. Over an animated and engaged ten minutes, the three laughed and got serious at various times, but actually put together a pretty compelling few minutes of television on an issue that can, itself, range from serious to silly. One pointed exchange between Urban and Cuomo was over the meaning of patriotism and how one expresses it. Calling them ‘heavy issues,” Cuomo warned of demanding a particular patriotic display. “‘You don’t practice patriotism way I like it, you’re bad. You’re a son of a bitch. You should be out of this country’,” Cuomo said, suggesting what Trump was communicating. “That’s dangerous talk for a president in a country talking about tolerance.” Continue reading "Chris Cuomo, David Urban Blow Up Over Trump Eagles Snub: ‘Do You Believe Patriotism is Jingoism?’"

Stephen A. Smith Says Trump is Winning Big on NFL Protests: He’s Got The League ‘By the You Know What’

Stephen A. Smith is weighing in on the debate over the NFL protests in which players have been kneeling during the National Anthem to protest social injustice. And the ESPN commentator is going on the record — stating President Donald Trump knows he has the power to pull the strings in the league. “Donald Trump has the NFL in the palm of his hands,” Smith said Tuesday on First Take. “He can do whatever he wants to them right now because of the positions they’ve taken or the positions they refuse to take, preceding the whole Colin Kaepernick thing.” Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling in 2016 to protest racism and police brutality, has received backlash from the president who feels the demonstrations by him and others are unpatriotic. Smith said the source of Trump’s influence in the football industry is the simple fact that Continue reading "Stephen A. Smith Says Trump is Winning Big on NFL Protests: He’s Got The League ‘By the You Know What’"