Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump’s recent comments on the NFL player protests are beginning to make him “nervous.”
What did Trump say?
Trump on Wednesday commented on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement in which Goodell said that he and the NFL both believe that “everyone should stand for the national anthem.”
About Goodell’s statement, Trump said, “It is about time.”
“It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem,” Trump tweeted. “RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”
It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017
The NFL later issued a statement addressing Trump’s tweet — as well as inaccurate news reports — correcting the inaccuracy.
“Commentary this morning about the Commissioner’s position on the anthem is not accurate,” the league said. “As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together. … Players from around the league will be in New York next week to meet with owners to continue our work together.”
Brian McCarthy, a spokesperson for the NFL, said that the clarifying statement wasn’t “just about the president,” but was also intended to refute inaccurate news reports reflecting the same sentiment as that of the president.
Why is Limbaugh taking issue with the comments?
Limbaugh said that he believed the president’s motives to be “pure” but added that he’s not comfortable with the leader of the free world telling its citizens how they should behave.
“There’s a part of this story that’s starting to make me nervous, and it’s this: I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior and power of anybody,” Limbaugh said. “That’s not where this should be coming from.”
He added, “Trump is continually tweeting — I know what he’s doing, and I understand why he’s doing it, and his motives are pure; don’t misunderstand. But I don’t think that it is useful or helpful for any employee anywhere to be forced to do something because the government says they must.
“We don’t want the president being able to demand anybody that he’s unhappy with behave in a way he requires,” Limbaugh explained.