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Trump Weighs In on the Revived National Anthem Debate

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Here it is, 2018, Colin Kaepernick out of a job and Black Lives Matter hasn’t been heard from in a while (at least, not when anyone was listening.)

And yet, the NFL National Anthem debate is once again in the news.

The media has a tendency of focusing on narratives that rev people up, rather than narratives that most people agree on.

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Sadly, you think most people would agree that it’s respectful to stand for the National Anthem, no matter what your ideology is.

The NFL, who found themselves at the center of the Anthem controversy when Kaepernick inspired dozens of other players to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality.

Fans did not take too kindly to this, and the franchise found themselves caught between declining sales and falling victim to the notoriously tyrannical Court of Public Opinion. They at first supported the players, who are paid millions to earn even more money for the vastly wealthy NFL owners, to practice their “free speech” on the field.

Then, in what many called, too little too late, they announced a policy for the 2018/2019 season that players would be required to stand or stay in the locker room.

For some insane reason, they’ve flip-flopped back, once again, suspending the policy which drew the attention of POTUS himself, who has been quite vocal about the importance of the well-paid players showing their respect for the Anthem during games.

The Daily Wire has the story:

President Donald Trump reignited the war with the National Football League on Friday after the league announced on Thursday that they were halting their decision to prohibit players from kneeling on the field during the national anthem.

The NFL suspended its policy after the Miami Dolphins revealed yesterday afternoon that they would “suspend and/or fine players who protest during the national anthem,” The Daily Wire reported.

Trump responded on Friday by blasting the NFL on Twitter, writing, “The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – can’t believe it!”

“Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart?” Trump continued. “The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!”

Some critics say the President shouldn’t weigh in on this issue, but they forget that Trump’s willingness to not only weigh in on the culture war but to make it a central narrative in his platform, is why so many Americans gravitate towards him.

Americans take patriotism seriously, and a lack of patriotism is one of the central issues of our most hotly-contested and vital political issues of our day.

We voted “America first” for a reason, and how our celebrated sports franchises reflect the patriotism of millions of Americans definitely matters.

 

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Trump Paid for a New Room-Sized Golf Simulator for the White House

Obama had one too, but there’s no telling who paid for his.

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Liberals are scoffing at news that Donald Trump recently installed a room-sized golf simulator in the White House, but what most liberal news sources are ignoring is that what he really did was replace the one Obama installed AND Trump paid for his out of his own pocket.

On Wednesday it was reported that President Donald Trump installed the golf simulator in the White House that will allow him to play virtual golf when he can’t be out on the course.

The Golf-loving president paid for the simulator game out of his own pocket and installed it to replace the one Barack Obama had added during his terms in office, according to the Washington Post.

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It has not been confirmed but it is likely that Obama had the taxpayers pay for his simulator.

The simulator cost about $50,000 and was installed over a week ago in a room of the president’s personal living quarters in the White House, the paper reported.

An anonymous source informed the Post that Trump planned to use the device during his “executive time” when he does not have a particular event on his official daily schedule.

Despite its completion, the Post also discovered that the president has not yet used the simulator because he has been working to secure a deal to avoid a shut down and, of course, traveling to his recent rally in Texas.

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Floyd Mayweather Tells Gucci Boycotters to F-Off

Mayweather then went shopping at Neiman Marcus and reportedly shelled out nearly $300,000 that night.

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Billionaire boxer Floyd Mayweather apparently does not care what social justice warrior boycotters think about ritzy fashion retailer Gucci.

During a recent shopping spree, boxing great Floyd Mayweather said he can do whatever the heck he wants, and he waved off criticism that he was violating a social justice boycott of fashion leader Gucci.

Mayweather sharply rebuked those attempting to shame him into observing any boycotts. Gucci was recently hit with protests after the company pulled a sweater from the shelves that some complained celebrated blackface.

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The unbeaten lightweight boxing champ told TMZ Sports Tuesday that he does not care about what people say. If he wants to shop at Gucci, he will shop at Gucci.

“I’m not no follower, I do what the fuck I wanna do,” Mayweather said about his shopping spree.

The boxer did not even care when TMZ told him that T.I. and Spike Lee were supporting the boycott and would be unhappy that he patronized Gucci.

“You said they’re gonna be upset with me? I love it, I love it, I love it. See, the thing is this, I live for myself. I do what I want to do,” he said.

Indeed, Mayweather proudly displayed the items he had just purchased from the retailer.

“We all know racism still exists but that’s not gonna stop my drive,” Mayweather continued. “I’ve got friends from all walks of life and to me of course, black lives matter first … but my thing is this, I’m gonna continue to go out there live life and be happy.”

“Half of the people that’s on social media saying, ‘Don’t wear this, don’t wear that,’ I ain’t never seen none of them supporting The Money Team,” he added.

Mayweather then went shopping at Neiman Marcus and reportedly shelled out nearly $300,000 that night.

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