Trump Roars at the N.F.L. Again — the Eagles Roar Back

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Because it occurred, Trump’s assault on the gamers got here on the identical day that Dwight Clark, the good receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, died of the horrible degenerative nerve illness A.L.S. on Monday. Clark had speculated, with some strong assist from science, that his illness might need been attributable to the battering he acquired as a participant.

Our president adores happening about his love of toughness. (He had the misfortune to overlook his shot at Vietnam. He ran up 4 years of exemptions whereas at Wharton, after which he found that he had a bone spur in his heel. His physician, Trump informed the Instances, wrote “a really sturdy letter on the heels.”)

So he indulges his interior Emperor Claudius and decries the will amongst N.F.L. gamers to keep away from brain-shattering hits. So he complained final September in Alabama that the boys on the sector have been insufficiently violent.

Trump’s newest rumble has prompted courtiers to run to his support. I used to be caught in John F. Kennedy Airport listening to 1 banal kind after one other defend the president’s proper to savage whomever he likes. And Fox Information, that almost all obedient Spaniel, ran a photograph of rebellious Eagles gamers kneeling.

It turned out these gamers weren’t protesting. They have been praying to God earlier than the sport.

Defensive finish Chris Lengthy, probably the most outspoken gamers on the Eagles final season, took to Twitter to tackle Fox. “Think about desirous to please the boss so very badly that you just run stills of men kneeling down PRAYING throughout pregame.”

“Preserve carrying his water to sow division whereas misrepresenting Christian males.”

Little question writers and columnists will emerge as they did final September to argue that to interact Trump is to lose. He has, in any case, a visceral really feel for who to swing at and the way that can play together with his crowd.

Maybe that’s so. Maybe it’s additionally true that sometimes women and men are obliged to face and converse, and infrequently extra so than when a frontrunner of the USA is intent at choosing on the nation’s oldest and most painful scabs.

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