Trump trashes the NFL's ratings but praises Dallas Cowboys' anthem display as 'big progress'


Dallas CowboysESPNThe Dallas Cowboys team and ownership kneel with their arms linked before the national anthem at Monday night’s game.

resident Donald Trump has again weighed in on the trend of NFL players protesting the US during the national anthem with an early morning tweet storm that heaped praise on the Dallas Cowboys, while trashing the league generally.

Trump tweeted that NFL ratings were “”way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!”

Ratings are down in the NFL this year, a continuing trend from last season.

Trump went on to address Monday night’s football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals, where the entire Cowboys team knelt before the anthem, but stood during.

Trump tweeted that when the Cowboys knelt before the anthem, it resulted in the loudest booing he had ever heard — “great anger.” Trump did not personally attend the game and it should be noted that the Cowboys were the away team in that game.

The Cowboys decision to stand drew praise from the president, who characterised it as “big progress being made.”

“But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem,” Trump concluded. “Big progress being made-we all love our country!”

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