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Title: Limbaugh alarmed by Trump's 'dictatorial' behavior towards NFL
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer / Daily News
URL Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/p ... -national-anthem-20171012.html
Published: Oct 12, 2017
Author: Rob Tornoe
Post Date: 2017-10-12 09:39:37 by Willie Green
Keywords: None
Views: 66
Comments: 4

Amid his fight with the NFL over players kneeling in protest during the national anthem, it appears President Trump may be on the verge of losing one of his most ardent supporters — Rush Limbaugh.

On Wednesday, the conservative radio icon and outspoken football fan said the idea that the government, represented by Trump, could force any employee of a business to do something “scares the hell out of me” and said “no president should have dictatorial power over individual behavior.”

“I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior and power of anybody,” Limbaugh, whose syndicated show airs daily in Philadelphia on 1210 WPHT, told his listeners. “That’s not where this should be coming from.”

“We don’t want the president being able to demand anybody that he’s unhappy with behave in a way he requires. That’s scary to me, even if the president’s somebody I happen to like,” Limbaugh continued. “ I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior and power of anybody.”

Limbaugh told his listeners that he thinks Trump’s motives are “pure,” but said it’s not the role of the president or the government to force their will onto what amounts to a private business, even one as large as the NFL.

Limbaugh, a lifelong NFL fan, was forced to resign from his position on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown back in 2003 after suggesting former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was getting more credit than his play deserved because the league was “very desirous that a black quarterback do well.”

“It’s sad that you’ve got to go to skin color. I thought we were through with that whole deal,” McNabb told the Daily News following Limbaugh’s comments.

Limbaugh’s latest comments come after Trump once again tweeted about the NFL Wednesday morning, suggesting the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has made the decision to demand all players stand for the national anthem prior to games.

“It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY,” Trump tweeted.

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is
finally demanding that all players STAND for our
great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY
5:47 AM - Oct 11, 2017

The NFL was quick to correct Trump, calling his comments “not accurate” ahead of a scheduled meeting to discuss the issues of protests with owners next week.

“Commentary this morning about the commissioner’s position on the Anthem is not accurate. As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week,” the NFL said in a statement.

According to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University, 52 percent voters disapprove of players kneeling in protest during the national anthem. The opinion is starkly divided among racial lines; 62 percent of white people polled opposed the protests, while 79 percent of African-Americans were in favor of the players’ actions.

But even more, 58 percent, disapprove of Trump’s comments about protesting players, calling them “not appropriate.”


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#1. To: Willie Green (#0) (Edited)

The NFL was quick to correct Trump, calling his comments “not accurate”

So Roger Goodell is NOT demanding that all players stand for our National Anthem?

"The NFL has developed a plan to "move past" its ongoing debate about player protests during the national anthem and could enact it next week, commissioner Roger Goodell wrote Tuesday (10/10/17) in a letter to all 32 teams."

"Goodell made it clear in the letter, obtained by ESPN's Adam Schefter, that he wants players to stand during the anthem."

misterwhite  posted on  2017-10-12   9:53:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Willie Green (#0)

Rush just isn't used to a Republican throttling America's neck in order to properly lead AND straighten the nation's pods out:

Dammit -- STAND FOR THE ANTHEM!

Liberator  posted on  2017-10-12   11:07:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Willie Green (#0)

This isn't what Rush said or meant at all.

Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

jeremiad  posted on  2017-10-12   16:17:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Willie Green, misterwhite, Liberator, jeremiad (#0)

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/10/12/as-predicted-drive-bys-take-me-out-of-context-on-trump-and-the-nfl/

As Predicted, Drive-Bys Take Me Out of Context on Trump and the NFL

Oct 12, 2017

RUSH: I told you yesterday, Snerdley, I told you yesterday that my comments on Trump and the NFL were gonna be purposefully taken out of context. I told all of you they would be taken out of context. I told all of you I knew exactly what would happen. I mean, Snerdley walks in here before everybody had left yesterday and said it’s already happening. He showed me a story from TheHill.com where they left out a very crucial aspect of what I said because the Drive-Bys are eager to report that a staunch Trumpist like me might be breaking from Trump.

I’m not breaking from Trump. I didn’t indicate that I’m breaking from Trump, but they’re so desperate to report it. They’re so excited they even went out and found some Republican strategists on TV to confirm it to tell me how brilliant I was as a means of trying to encourage me to keep breaking from Trump.

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RUSH: So yesterday on the program, I admitted that something was making me nervous about the entire NFL situation. And remember when I finished it, Mr. Snerdley, I came back from a break, or maybe it was during the break, I asked you, “Did I make this clear?” ‘Cause I wasn’t sure that I had. And you said, “Perfectly crystal clear to me.” And when I went to RushLimbaugh.com, my website — I’m rarely misquoted on my own site, but it’s happened. Just kidding. I’m remembering where Charles Barkley said he was misquoted in his autobiography. Even the editors at The Limbaugh Letter got it right, at RushLimbaugh.com, got it right in terms of what I had said yesterday.

And the headline at the piece at the website was: “It’s NFL Owners’ Job — Not the President’s — to Control Their Employees.” That’s the point that I made yesterday. Now, my choice of words in the process, I admitted that there was an aspect of this that was beginning to make me nervous. And I don’t think I was clear enough about it, or maybe I was and people just had a knee-jerk and thought they heard something they didn’t hear, but they wanted to hear it, so they ran with what they wanted to hear, which was I was breaking from Trump on the NFL. (interruption) Well, you think that’s the word? Snerdley thinks it’s ’cause I used the word “dictatorial” when explaining all this. Maybe.

Let me try this again. The way this was being presented in the news — and that’s always what I react to, in addition to reacting to what’s really happened, I react to both phases of the story, because there are no two phases every story, what’s really happening, and there’s what’s reported to be happening. And the way it was reporting was — being reported was that Trump was going to force the players to no longer kneel, and Trump was going to force the players to stand.

Now, I know full well that there are people who are not as attentive to the news media and the way it works, and they see it or they read it, especially if they read it, and they think it’s true. Everybody does that. Everybody made that mistake. It’s almost human nature, you see it written, wherever, it could be written on some smut site on the website, but ’cause it’s written, you believe it. And if that’s is the way people were perceiving this to happen, that does make me nervous.

My point all along in this has been the NFL is the one botching this. The NFL doesn’t know what’s happening. The NFL misreads its audience. The NFL should have gotten hold of this way back during Kaepernick. The NFL, they’re the owners. They are the employers. They are the equity holders. They’re the people who own this business. Therefore, it’s their responsibility to have their employees behave in a way they choose, not the president’s.

I don’t want the president of the United States, whoever he is, to ever have the power to determine, particularly that any person is going to show allegiance to whatever the president demands. And I admitted yesterday that this makes me nervous. But it’s being reported “Trump thinks players should stand. Trump thinks players shouldn’t kneel, Trump thinks, Trump thinks.” The news reports are Trump thinks, Trump demands, Trump this, and if there is a result where the players no longer kneel, then I could see where people think, “Look what Trump did.”

Trump is pressuring the owners, as he should be, and he’s perfectly entitled to do that, and that doesn’t bother me. But he doesn’t have the power to make anybody do what he wants to do. All he can do is suggest. He can get close to demanding and he can threaten, but the actual bit about demanding it, being able to get away with it, we don’t want that on the part of any president or any elected leader. And that’s what I was being made nervous about was the way people were maybe perceiving this.

Now, it’s been written up that I am distancing myself from Trump as he pressures a business, and I’m not. If Trump wants to pressure the owners to do what he thinks is the right thing, that’s one thing. But if Trump has the power or the ability to make them, well, that’s another. And that’s not what’s going on here. The power of persuasion is much different than the power to dictate. Trump is using the power of persuasion, and he is very effective at it, and it doesn’t hurt that a vast majority of Americans agree with him.

[...]

CALLER: But you used the term “the government dictating.”

RUSH: Yes, “dictate” is the term I used to because I don’t want it to get to that. Look, I just obviously — I knew when I finished, I asked Snerdley if I was clear on this, and Snerdley, in pure supportive fashion, said yes. But I just knew.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Let me just make it as simple as I can: I do not think Trump is acting as a dictator. I don’t care what the Drive-Bys distorting what I tried to say yesterday are saying — you feel free to respond on social media that people saying that are full of it and to go to hell. In no way, shape, manner, or form. Jeez.

nolu chan  posted on  2017-10-12   18:58:52 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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