Many people declared victory for patriotism in America when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a letter Tuesday to the entire league recommending that all players stand for the National Anthem.
In his letter, Goodell warned teams that the #TakeAKnee protest was eroding “the unifying power of our game” and causing division across the country. He added that it’s important “to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.”
While Goodell stopped short of demanding players stand or else, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on Wednesday that, “I don’t care how you slice it, it constitutes a Trump win.”
But despite Limbaugh’s praise of Trump’s support of fans walking out of games where NFL players are protesting, he had one big warning for him. He had a particular concern about a series of tweets Trump sent out demanding changes in the league.
“I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior and power of anybody. That’s not where this should be coming from,” Limbaugh told his large audience on Wednesday.
He said he believes Trump’s “motives are pure,” but that, “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.”
“That scares the hell out of me,” Limbaugh continued. “This should come from the league, as it looks like Goodell wants it to. The owners should be demanding this, not the president. The commissioner should be demanding this, not the president.”
“We don’t want the president being able to demand anybody that he’s unhappy with behave in a way he requires. That’s scary to me, even if the president’s somebody I happen to like. This is a workplace issue,” he added.
As for Goodell changing the tide of the league’s stance on the protests, Limbaugh said, “I’m really nervous if all that happens because the president makes it happen. He can make it happen by forcing the owners. But this is a slippery slope to me, and it hit me a while ago and crystallized last night.”
“Trump is in the right [about respecting the Anthem], don’t misunderstand,” he concluded. “But no president should have dictatorial power over individual behavior.”
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