After spending the past week defending MS-13 gang members from President Donald Trump’s mean words, the mainstream media is now claiming Trump is racist and wants to deport American citizens.
Earlier this week, NFL owners unanimously approved a historic rule change requiring all players, coaches, and league officials to stand for the national anthem. The new rule states that if anyone associated with the NFL is on the field, they must remain standing for the anthem. If they do not wish to stand for the anthem, they can remain in the locker room.
During an interview on Thursday with Fox & Friends, Trump said he agrees with the NFL’s new rule, but took it one step further and dropped a bombshell that sent the media into complete hysteria.
“I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country,” Trump said.
Following his comments, which many Americans agree with, CNN’s Poppy Harlow said Trump is wanting to deport players, implying that he is racist and wants to remove minorities from the country.
“The President of the United States suggested potential deportation for anyone that kneels during the national anthem,” Harlow said. “You heard that right.”
Sports commentators and media figures followed Harlow’s lead, claiming Trump wants to deport players from the country.
Here’s the president of Showtime Sports:
Deportation if you don't stand for the anthem. That doesn't sound dictatorial at all. https://t.co/H0qTfUIsQT
— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) May 24, 2018
Ian Rapaport, National Insider for the NFL Network, also said Trump wants to deport Americans:
The President suggests deporting American citizens who don’t stand for the anthem. In other words, good morning 🇺🇸🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/QPJ1O8FWUg
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 24, 2018
Corey Erdman, a senior sports writer for VICE, followed suit and peddled fake news:
15-yard penalty plus deportation for kneeling. Got it. https://t.co/WYmX4nFOK4
— Corey Erdman (@corey_erdman) May 24, 2018
The deliberate misinterpretation of Trump’s comments come a week after the media falsely accused the president of referring to all immigrants as “animals.” He didn’t, he was specifically talking about MS-13, but that didn’t stop the media from promoting a massive lie to fit their political agenda.
Media figures took to Twitter to spread the fake news just like they did with Trump’s NFL comments:
The president just called immigrants "animals" today.
I think it probably wasn't a good idea to elect this fellow.
Look! I just created 120 new Trump voters.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) May 16, 2018
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) May 16, 2018
this is disgusting. and his evanglical sycophants will applaud his utter dehumanization of men, women and children https://t.co/qYbl6avzL1
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) May 16, 2018
The media spent is so desperate to slander and smear Trump, they are telling complete lies and spreading misinformation for cheap political points.
This is why so many Americans loathe the media and do not trust them to report the news fairly and accurately.