The United States is in a troubled time between coronavirus and riots happening nationwide and President Donald Trump has had it.
As the United States Soccer Federation announced that it would no longer require players to stand for the National Anthem the president said he would no longer be watching.
“I won’t be watching much anymore!” he said in response to a tweet from WEAR ABC that said “Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is calling out the U.S. Soccer Federation for allowing its players not to stand for the national anthem.”
The tweet was in reference to an announcement by the federation that its board of directors voted to allow players to not stand for the National Anthem.
“The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors voted yesterday to repeal Policy 604-1, which required our players to stand during the national anthem. Black Lives Matter. We can do more and we will,” it said in a tweet.
The federation repealed rule 604, which was instituted after soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt for the National Anthem.
The rule stated, “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.”
After they repealed the rule this week U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone apologized and said the federation would take more steps to combat racism.
“We are committed to doing better to help fight racism and discrimination in all its forms,” she said. “Repealing Policy 604-1 was just the first step.”
“We will continue to engage with our players, our staff and soccer stakeholders to help us be a positive force for change going forward, she said. “And this is not about short-term initiatives. This is about writing these ideals into our DNA.”
But that was not enough for the player’s association who demanded an apology from Parlow Cone and the federation.
“Until USSF does so, the mere existence of the policy will continue to perpetuate the misconceptions and fear that clouded the true meaning and significance of Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe and other athletes taking a knee – that Black people in America have not been and continue to not be afforded the same liberties and freedoms as white people and that police brutality and systemic racism exist in this country,” they said.
But President Trump was not just furious with the United States Soccer Federation. He was also incensed by the NFL’s new stance on the National Anthem.
“And it looks like the NFL is heading in that direction also, but not with me watching!” he said in a tweet in response to Rep. Jim Jordan who was discussing the soccer federation’s decision.
The NFL will likely allow kneeling when its season begins and there will likely be more kneeling than ever before.
And until more people take a stand and stop watching athletes and celebrities who disrespect the nation it will continue.
President Trump is setting the example but we are going to need many more people to follow to make an impact.