Amid controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, President Donald Trump launched a petition which provides supporters the opportunity to declare they stand for the national anthem.
“The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem,” the petition reads on the president’s website. “Add your name below to show your patriotism and support.”
The president’s petition came just days after statements from the NFL, which never indicated it told its players to stand during the national anthem at games.
In a statement on Wednesday, the NFL and NFL Players Association claimed that the “everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military”:
NFL and NFL Players Association release joint statement after meeting on protests. pic.twitter.com/xMBg8eibdd
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 17, 2017
On the following day, Trump tweeted that the NFL disrespected the country by refusing to force its players to stand:
The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
Despite that tweet, NLF Commissioner Roger Goodell did not commit, during a press briefing that same day, to forcing his players to stand.