Trump steps up attack on National Football League with new anthem protests petition

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The petition was released October 19, one day after Trump posted tweets criticizing the NFL's recent decision not to force players to stand during the national anthem.

"We believe everyone should stand for the national anthem", he told reporters Wednesday. Total lack of respect to our great country!

The NFL and NFLPA released a statement Tuesday describing the meeting as "productive" and a step in the right direction to "promote positive social change and address inequality".

Goodell said later that "We're going to encourage our players to stand". And we're going to continue to work on these issues within the community. "It's also important for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that".

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A small number of NFL players had been taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protest in 2016.

The president has called the protests disrespectful, and has urged supporters to walk out of games when players kneel during the anthem. Trump has expanded his target to include National Football League owners who do not mandate their players stand. Trump, Vice President Pence, the RNC, and many conservatives have wrongly claimed the protests are meant to dishonor America, America's military, the American people, or the American flag.

This week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell held a series of press conferences to attempt to stop the bleeding from the outcry over mass national anthem protests which have gripped the NFL. "We did not ask for that", he said, as quoted by CBS News. "We spent today talking about the issues that players have been trying to bring attention to - issues to make our communities better. that was the entire focus of today". "Stand for the National Anthem", Trump tweeted. "That's been my philosophy with my team, and I think nearly every other owner feels the same".

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