When The President Hates A Race And Talks Racist Trash

President Donald J. Trump is a racist bigot. Jemele Hill was right on that one, not that sane people had not already realized it long ago, and well before his election. Take his ignorant position on the Central Park Five case, just as a for instance. Then add on how he was sued decades ago for discriminating against blacks in housing. Throw in a thousand other tell tale points and you have a picture of a self entitled candy assed rich New York racist. That is just who he is. It has always been there for inquiring minds to see if they so desired.

Now the latest pure and unadulterated racism from the now President of the United States. Last night in Alabama, Trump let loose a rambling self centered screed of a speech that would make George Wallace cringe. Here is a sample:

“Wouldn’t you like to see one of these owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!”

He then went on to state that any player so exercising free speech should be “fired” and unemployable at their career job. From Michael David Smith at PFT:

Trump said an NFL owner who releases a player would instantly gain broad support across America.

“Some owner’s gonna do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag? He’s fired. And that owner . . . they’ll be the most popular person in this country. Because that’s total disrespect of our heritage. That’s total disrespect of everything we stand for,” Trump said.

Trump added that he believes fans should walk out if players don’t stand for the anthem. “If you see it, even if it’s one player,” Trump said, “Leave the stadium.”

Trump also argued that if they do this to boycott the NFL and personal free speech, they would be supporting him and his position.

Clearly aiming at Colin Kaepernick, Michael Bennett and Malcolm Jenkins, prominent NFL players who have had the audacity to be free thinking humans and exercise the protected free speech our Bill of Rights is led by and that generations of American patriots fought and died to preserve. Donald Trump shits on every ounce of that every time he goes on one of his little pointed and racist rants. And boy did he shit on it last night in Alabama. You’d almost think Trump is aligned with the neo-Nazi white supremacists with torches in Charlottesville that he praised as “fine people” instead of the full diversity of American citizens. Including, you know, black people.

Was Trump done? Of course not. He then cravenly went on to scold the NFL for being soft because of their (still lame and ineffective) concern about CTE degenerative brain disease:

“When the ratings are down massively, massively. The NFL ratings are down massively. Now the number one reason happens to be that they like watching what’s happening….with yours truly. They like what’s happening.

Because you know if they hit too hard…Fifteen yards! Throw him out of the game! they hd that last week. I watched for a couple of minutes. Two guys, just really, beautiful tackle. Boom, fifteen yards!

The referee gets on television, his wife is sitting at home, she’s so proud of him. 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!”

An outrageous thing to say about, again, American citizens and their workplace safety issues. Especially when the most recent studies found CTE degeneration in 99% of the brains from NFL players they have examined. And when the NFL was just slapped with a complaint on Aaron Hernandez that exhibited that even a relative young player displayed “a raisin-like brain of a 70-year-old even though he was 27″. Simply craven, bigoted and outrageous.

It is the the stuff of a narcissistic self entitled bigot plantation slave owner. Trump literally thinks he is not only the the better, but genetically superior to other humans, including the constituents he works for. Including people he thinks are owned as slaves by the NFL and other terrorized employees.

When Trump instructs NFL owners to fire people that disagree with his own petty world view, he thinks they are plantation owners such as he sees himself with the rest of humanity. Trump makes “the best deals” but cannot see, nor appreciate, the NFL collective bargaining agreement (CBA), nor does he respect that deal for squat if employees thereunder happen to annoy the fat ass boy king and god.

Apparently Trump thinks the illustrious group of NFL owner oligarchs are his bitches too. As Don Van Natta noted, “Bob Kraft, Jerry Jones, Stan Kroenke, Daniel Snyder, Shahid Khan, Woody Johnson & Bob McNair each gave $1M to Trump”. That is nearly one quarter of the NFL owners. What are they rewarded with by their benefactor Trump? A call for boycott of their business interests unless they enforce an unconscionable suppression of political free speech he disagrees with.

This may “only be sports”, but this is one of the more stunningly outrageous and un-American symbols of the cancer the Trump Presidency really is. And what a demented, sick and small man Trump really is.

Did Trump stop with that stunning pettiness and bigotry? No, of course not. He woke up and decided to be the charlatan of humanity he really is, and decided to lash out at another icon of sports. Steph Curry. And more:

Well that is brilliant Art of the Squeal Like a Pig Don.

So, lets see, who has Donald Trump lashed out at exclusively in the last 24 hours? Ryan Lizza hit it on the head:

Trump has now attacked Jemele Hill, Colin Kaepernick, & Stephen Curry. All have something in common but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Ryan was being sarcastic about the putting a finger on it. And, again, he was completely correct in his observation. I wonder what Trump would say about a golden white boy who turned down a White House invitation”? Oh, wait….

The face of the New England Patriots, Tom Brady, did not attend Wednesday’s White House ceremony with his teammates due to “personal family matters” — but the show went on without the star quarterback.

Brady’s decision not to visit the White House comes on the same day former teammate and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead after an apparent suicide in his prison cell.

Yes, a pure as white can be Tom Brady gets no bad mouth at all from our racist bigot President, but be a black person in sports, whether athletes like Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett, or sports journalist like Jemele Hill, and he will try to deprive you and your family of the essential income your professional career provides.

This is where we are in America in the Age of Trumpism. If you are a white nationalist fat ass racist bigot, your President thinks you are “fine folk”. If you are an intelligent black, brown, gay or other, even trying to serve your country’s military, your President, Trump The Genetically Magnificent, will attack you and your family’s very source of income, and well being, mercilessly.

It is the shame of modern America.

I’m sorry, I’ve no stomach for the actual games this weekend at this point. We can all discuss that in comments, but not here. Not now. Not after this.

Bmaz is a rather large saguaro cactus in the Southwestern Sonoran desert. A lover of the Constitution, law, family, sports, food and spirits. As you might imagine, a bit prickly occasionally. Bmaz has attended all three state universities in Arizona, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, and with significant post-graduate work (in physics and organic chemistry, go figure) at both the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Arizona. Married, with both a lovely child and a giant Sasquatch dog. Bmaz has been a participant on the internet since the early 2000’s, including active participation in the precursor to Emptywheel, The Next Hurrah. Formally joined the Emptywheel blog as an original contributing member at its founding in 2007. Bmaz grew up around politics, education, sports and, most significantly, cars; notably around Formula One racing and Concours de Elegance automobile restoration and showing. Currently lives in the Cactus Patch with his lovely wife and beast of a dog, and practices both criminal and civil trial law.

45 replies
  1. Jim White says:

    I’m watching college games today, including cheering for my Gators this evening, but no football for me tomorrow. No NFL until Kaepernick is on a roster.

  2. jo6pac says:

    Sadly what he said played really well for his true believers who aren’t smart enough to see what doing to them behind the curtain. He did throw those owners under the wheels of his jet but that’s OK with me.

    Warrior team announced just a bit go that as a team they will not be going to the white house.

    I’ll be watching the Raider game

    bmz I wondering how you really feel about this;)

  3. Peterr says:

    King Roger weighs in:

    The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture.  There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month.  Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.

    When an authoritarian loses the respect of Roger Goodell . . .

  4. Peterr says:

    A couple of days ago, in Cahokia IL (just a bit east of St. Louis), an interesting scene played out before a peewee football game . . .

    Every player on the Cahokia Quarterback Club football team (8 and under) took a knee during the national anthem ahead of Sunday’s game at Little Devil’s Field in Belleville.“One of the kids asked me if I saw (people) protesting and rioting in St. Louis. I said yes; I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?’” said Coach Orlando Gooden.

    Coach Gooden said his player responded, “Because black people are getting killed and nobody’s going to jail.”

    Gooden, who played football at Mizzou, said the kids knew about the Jason Stockley decision.

    “I felt like it was a good teaching moment for me to circle the team and have a meeting,” he said.

    The coach said he spoke to them about that and other situations that have happened in our country. He then explained why former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem.

    “One of the kids asked, ‘Can we do that?’ I said, ‘As long as we know why we’re doing it, I don’t have a problem with any of it.’”

    When the anthem started, the Cahokia third graders immediately took a knee where they were standing. Their backs were away from the flag—but not on purpose—according to Gooden.

    “What I teach my kids is love, integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and boundaries,” he said.

    All the parents on the team supported the coach’s decision to take a knee. . . .

    Why does Trump hate 8 year olds?

  5. posaune says:

    I’ve been pondering the future of HS football in the face of CTE evidence.   Guessing the affluent school districts will limit or cease football to protect the brains of their young — and leave the poorer districts hosting football, and then what?   Will football teams be populated  by the poor and/or minorities?  A plantation system?

  6. greengiant says:

    Sad news, victim with broken jaw reports batterers chanted “black lives matter”. Trump stands for violence, havoc and the destruction of America and these useful violent fools are helping him. Kudos to anyone calling Trump out.

  7. Peterr says:

    Trump giving advice to the owners of professional football teams didn’t work out so well the last time he tried it:

    He was the Pied Piper and these other desperate owners went along for the ride. It all happened in a flash. Then the USFL was dead and gone and he moved on to the next thing, which was Atlantic City. Which didn’t work out too well, either.

    I predict this won’t work out well for him, either. What’s the over/under on the number of players taking a knee during the national anthem tomorrow?

  8. earlofhuntingdon says:

    Plantation slave athletes says it in a nutshell. For Trump and the suits, athletes create value for their owners in the same three ways that slaves created value for theirs.

    Slaves were valuable in and of themselves. They created valuable crops. They created the value of the land on which those crops were raised. In that way were slaves the sum and substance of the southern economy.

    Athletes, too, are valuable in and of themselves. They create value in the entertainment their teams sell for huge sums. (Or did we think Wimbledon strawberries and cream and ballpark beer were that expensive because they were so tasty?). Athletes create the value of the franchises that own them and that market their services.

    For owners and the suits, athletes are fungible islands of statistics and potential future statistics. They are not people and definitely not personalities, which might give them market power that makes them unique rather than fungible, and would raise costs to their owners.

    Politics intrude into sports the way bias intrudes into journalism. Both are inescapable parts of a whole. Owners want to control the politics of their sports and one way to do that is to pretend they aren’t or shouldn’t be part of it. So, too, with the bias inherent in journalism. The issue is not whether to let it intrude, it’s already there. The issue is to be clear about what the bias is or the politics are.

    Something else Trump is wrong about. Visiting the White House is not a presidential gift to the winning team. It is a boon to the president. It is the White House basking vicariously in the glory of the winning team without having had to sweat to get it. LeBron has Trump’s number.

      • bmaz says:

        Earl. I join Peter in saluting this comment. It is exactly what I was trying to convey, but so much deeper and more perfect. There was a time when we had a four day thread of these kind of comments that were better than the posts they were attached to. Thank you. And thanks for still being around.

        • earlofhuntingdon says:

          To your point, the stream of comments surrounding the Fukushima (continuing) disaster come to mind.  I miss Mary, Bob Schacht, and TRex and Reddhead.

  9. Peterr says:

    Adam Silver did not mince words, after Trump responded to Steph Curry:

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver later released his own statement.

    “I was in favor of the team visiting the White House and thought it was a rare opportunity for these players to share their views directly with the President,” Silver said. “I am disappointed that that will not happen. More importantly, I am proud of our players for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues.”

     

  10. dakine01 says:

    As I tweeted earlier today, “Why do I think Pat Tillman would #TakeAKnee right alongside Colin Kaepernick?

  11. orionATL says:

    the big question is this: when our dolt-in-chief pitches one of these attention-drawing twitter fits, what is he trying to draw attention away from? because distraction is his clear m. o.

    – the ala. senate race?

    or, far more likely,

    – news coverage of criticism of the disastrous graham-cassidy aca/medicaid cancellation bill?

    and how do the media react to these attractive distraction tactics?

    • bmaz says:

      That is part of the problem…..You don’t know. And who knows if the media is filtering appropriately? I don’t.

      Most of the people that have been here long term have heightened awareness on things like this. Doesn’t mean we get them right, but at least trained us to think and look. There is no good answer for most of it.

      • orionATL says:

        of course readers here know the deal.

        but what chaos!

        is this for alabama racists consumption?

        to shout over and thus get his ass out of the crack his genuinely stupid tweets about the korean got it into?

        is this just more trump flailing?

        how should news media cover this behavior? literally, based on his spoken words alone?

        or just to keep everybody of balance and heads like mine spinning.

  12. Jim White says:

    It was never in doubt.

    Gators beat Kentucky, for the 31st year in a row.

    In unrelated news, I think perhaps an unscheduled visit to my cardiologist is in order this week…

  13. bloopie2 says:

    Check out The Atlantic for an article on brainless slimes that can think Trump?
    “ … we’re beginning to realize that brains are not prerequisites for complex and interesting behavior,” says Tanya Latty, from the University of Sydney. “The majority of life forms on Earth are brainless, but we know very little about how this brainless majority are able to adapt their behavior in changing environments. I really hope studies like this one encourage other researchers to investigate that
    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/12/the-brainless-slime-that-can-learn-by-fusing/511295/

  14. ThreeDayCondor says:

    What saddens me most that his race-baiting has been public since the 1990s (full page ad in the NY Post, as Bmaz mentions above)… yet people voted for him, and still support him. Bmaz is spot on here.

    It occurs to me that his tweets are at least arguably in violation of 18 U.S. Code § 227. That section prohibits the POTUS (among others), from “attempting to influence or interfere” in a private company’s labor matter, to urge a “political” firing. This is especially true where the basis for the POTUS’s urging of the firing of such a private company employee (union covered, collective bargaining agreement governed) — is (as here) centered on protected political first amendment expression.

    Personally, I think it is all “cover fire” — to distract from Agent Orange’s issuance of a new Executive Order —  a new Muslim Ban 3.0 late tonight (Sunday), as Muslim Ban 2.0 expires tonight.

    https://twitter.com/ThreeDayCondor/status/911945795712282625

    Onward; let us resist. resist. resist,

    • bmaz says:

      Hi ThreeDayCondor (one of the great unsung movies ever by the way) thank you for that.

      Excellent comment and (I think, unless I missed it before), welcome to Emptywheel. Please come back often!

    • greengiant says:

      Bingo! https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-changes-travel-ban-countries/2017/09/24/1fef7cfe-a140-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html

  15. earlofhuntingdon says:

    The Guardian’s deputy editor of US sports, Bryan Armen Graham, must not have been in too many locker rooms if he thinks that top sports stars calling Trump a “bum” or an “asshole” – in response to his calling a hypothetical NFL player a “son of a bitch” – amounts to “startlingly strong abuse”.  Trump broadcasts coarser language every morning from his tweetmobile.

    • Ed Walker says:

      Well, the Bears provided a bunch of highlights, from that guy stopping before the goal line and getting stripped, to Cohen stepping on the sideline, to sacking Big Ben with a three-man rush to end the game.

  16. Ed Walker says:

    I’ve now had two weekend days in which that bloated sack of ego pushed its way into my life. That pig is everywhere hogging the limited attention spans of all of us. It’s  nauseating.

    Also, what kind of shithead is it who doesn’t know how to tweet about sports? He’s even trying to destroy one of the things that we share, whether it’s #GoBlue, Get’em Irish, How about them Dawgs, Roll Tide or that horrible Seminole chant that makes me turn off the sound on my tv. Dogging each other over sports is one of life’s great pleasures as we see here during Trash Talk. Screw that guy.

  17. earlofhuntingdon says:

    It’s always all about Donald.  But since he’s president, it matters what he’s ignoring, not paying attention to, what he’s distracting our attention away from.

  18. M says:

    Donald’s implicitly correct. If one still calls it a democracy when it’s a de facto one party state, officials elected in a system rife with gerrymandering and disenfranchisement — essentially rigged elections — and those elected unresponsive to the needs of the people, why should any sort of right to dissent be respected? And as such no matter what the corporate media say, Donald is Republican turned up to 11.

  19. Evangelista says:

    bmaz,

    I don’t see anything racist in any of Trump’s comments.

    A lot of blue-collar Archie Bunker imitation and grousing about sports going to politics and sports-people taking political stands he doesn’t approve (but doesn’t address), but all American Privilege protected free-speech, say-what-you-want, no intelligence-test barriers, no ignorance-bars requiring to be cleared.

    Nothing different than you might hear at any sports-bar where grouse-‘n-growl are vernacular.

    He doesn’t even use the Presidential bully-pulpit, does he?  Almost all he says he Tweets, which is as common-people spewing common-places and bubble-pipe blow glycerinated hyper-ventilating vented venom (the stuff that’s got only enough ‘power’ to kill time).

    So, where do you get the “racism” thing?  Out of your hat?  Like heating a penny with your Zippo to try to make it exciting?

    You haven’t heard the story about the little boy who yelled “Wolf!”, or “Communist!” or “Nazi!”, or “Racist!” or “Russians!”,  while, behind his back , while he was enjoying all his generated hysteria and excitement, the Bears and Gypsies were carrying away his sheep?

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