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Most Americans Now Support Kaepernick’s NFL Protest

A majority of Americans -- now 52 percent -- support NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality targeting black Americans, a Yahoo News/YouGov poll released Thursday showed.

Support for the protests has increased since 2016, when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt at a game. At that time, just 28 percent considered them "appropriate," according to Yahoo Sports/YouGov polls.

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#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah Says Trump Is Messing With The Wrong NFL Fanbase

As cynical as it may be on President Trump’s part, there’s no question that the POTUS helped his popularity with some of America’s less-cultured sports fans when he took sides against NFL players kneeling for the national anthem. “Trump has the high ground. The flag. America,” said Dilbert cartoonist and pro-Trumper Scott Adams in 2017. “It’s over already.”

But keeping the high ground means not digging yourself a new hole.

In today’s clip, comedian Trevor Noah says 45 picked the wrong fight when he cancelled the Philadelphia Eagles’ planned Super Bowl title celebration at the White House. For one, the Eagles have been marvelously well-behaved during pregame ceremonies, so his complaints about protests hardly apply.

From another angle, though, Trump won Pennsylvania by less than a stadium’s worth of NFL ticket-buyers in 2016. Philadelphia gridiron fans are so crazed they’ll eat horse manure when their team wins. The Donald is not only barking up the wrong tree, it might just fall over on him in 2020.

Click for Noah’s axe.

#EndorseThis: Michelle Wolf Nails NFL For Taking Trump’s Side On Kneelers

To be trite, the NFL has punted.

Rather than reach a compromise between stuffy white owners and socially-concerned players hoping to continue making their voices heard, the league recently voted to ban all kneeling for the national anthem. Teams who choose to protest during the anthem, state the new rules, must do so by remaining in their locker room. It’s an obvious cave-in to President Trump’s position.

In today’s clip, comedian Michelle Wolf (who famously needled Trump’s underlings at the White House Correspondence Dinner) nails the NFL for the move, claiming that owners are scapegoating the protests for a downturn in ratings. Wolf jokes that blaming the kneelers instead of a clunky schedule or overpriced TV packages is like “making sure JFK was wearing his seat-belt.”

Wolf goes on to opine about what the NFL could do instead of demonizing its own athletes, a short-but-epic rant that is well worth a minute of your time. A minute of game-time, even.

Danziger: Risk Of Brain Damage

Is it smart for the president to start a feud with the country’s top sports league?