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President Donald Trump on Monday continued his four-day attack on NFL players protesting during the national anthem, pushing back on those who say his criticism is racially charged.

While many have accused the president of seeming more upset over players peacefully protesting during the national anthem than the deadly white supremacists march in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month, according to Trump, “the issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race”:

Trump took a shot at the roughly 150 NFL players who did kneel during the national anthem on Sunday following the president calling for protesters to be fired:

Sunday saw leaguewide demonstrations unlike anything that has been seen before in the NFL — including whole teams staying in the locker room and multiple national anthem performers kneeling while performing. Owners from NFL teams also joined their players on the field in solidarity.

The president also praised NASCAR for taking a firm stance against protests during the national anthem:

“Anybody that won't stand up for the anthem ought to be out of the country. Period. What got 'em where they're at? The United States,” NASCAR legend and team owner Richard Petty said.

Trump ignited this controversy on Friday night after he called for NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem to be fired at a rally in Alabama.

“Get that son of a b***h off the field ... he's fired!” Trump said as the crowd chanted “USA! USA!”

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