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Republican National Convention: Day Four

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President Donald Trump visited Alabama on Friday evening to attend a campaign rally for Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL). Strange currently holds the seat that was left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and is currently facing a run-off challenger in Judge Roy Moore.

During his remarks, President Trump took direct aim at the NFL over the national anthem protests sparked last season by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, saying:

“We're proud of our country. We respect our flag. Wouldn't you love to see one of our NFL owners when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'Get that son of a b***h off the field right now ... he's fired!'”

First Son Donald Trump Jr. was all in favor:

The backlash on Twitter came almost immediately, as people began to complain that President Trump was harder on Kaepernick than he was on world leaders who were considered enemies — Russia's Vladimir Putin, for example:

Embattled ESPN host Jemele Hill weighed in as well:

But what most failed to realize was that President Trump did not call for anyone to be fired — he simply asked a crowd of patriotic Americans how they would like to see a protest (which most of them consider disrespectful) handled.

And the NFL's ratings (along with ESPN's, for that matter) suggest the president may not be too far off the mark:

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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