Kneeling on the field during the National Anthem is no longer just about Colin Kaepernick or about criminal justice reform — it’s about whether or not you support President Donald Trump calling kneeling players “sons of bitches.”
The situation has devolved into a triple irony.
The first irony is that Trump has added support to the kneelers. Only Trump’s most loyal supporters believe he is justified in calling a fellow law-abiding American a “son of a bitch.” It’s simply not appropriate for the office. Before his Friday comments, it was a fairly small group of people actively supporting Kaepernick and those kneeling on the field; after the weekend, most Democrats and anti-Trumpers have now adopted it as their cause — growing the movement considerably.
But here’s the second irony: very few, if any of these new additions understand the motives for the protests in the first place. Following social media and conversations around the city, it’s clear people are standing with the NFL players for their right to protest and against Trump’s attacks.