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Trump's fighting with black NFL players to charm his white supporters

Trump's fighting with black NFL players to charm his white supporters

President Donald Trump's ongoing fight with professional athletes has one purpose: to inflame racial tensions.

The president says his demand that National Football League owners fire those players who protest racial injustice by kneeling during the pre-game national anthem is about patriotism and respect for the flag.

That claim is rejected not only by the NFL, but by Trump's history on the topic and by the context. It was at a campaign rally in Alabama where the president told NFL coaches to get the "son of a bitch" off the field if the player kneels and to fire him from the team.

It is no coincidence that most of the protesters are African Americans; about 70...

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