Friday night President Trump had a rally in Huntsville, Alabama. He unloaded on NFL players who protest the anthem. Trump to NFL owners: 'Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired!'

Trump wasn't done.

"You know, some owner is going to do that," Trump continued. "He’s going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.' And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country."

Trump said the protest showed "total disrespect of our heritage" and "everything that we stand for."

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Per Daily Wire:

After discussing the decline in the NFL's viewership over the last year, Trump said what was "hurting" the popularity of the game the most was the anthem protests. He then gave those who likewise found the protests distasteful some advice: walk out of the stadium if even a single player kneels.

"But do you know what’s hurting the game more than [too many penalties]?" he asked. "When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway."

As for the penalties, Trump slammed all the 15-yard penalties for what had once been perfectly legal, "beautiful" tackles. "[Y]ou know today if you hit too hard: Fifteen yards! Throw him out of the game!" he said. "They’re ruining the game! That’s what they want to do. They want to hit. They want to hit! It is hurting the game."

Trump's claim that the NFL's ratings are "massively" declining is backed up by the evidence. The 2016 season saw an eye-opening eight-percent decline from the previous season overall. Data also supports his assertion that the anthem protests are doing significant damage. A recent study by J.D. Power found that the biggest reason fans said they had decided to turn off the NFL in 2016 was the national anthem protests. A little over a quarter (26%) of people who said they watched the NFL less last year cited the national anthem as the reason (around 24% cited the penalties and another 24% said domestic violence).

While the mainstream media defends and even promotes the kneeling during the national anthem, the ratings continue to drop. Just a few years ago football was a ratings machine that had no sign of slowing down anytime soon. A year later it is trending down. What else has changed since then besides the league being inundated with social justice warriors?

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