Trump's NFL Problem: Everything the President Has Ever Tweeted Slamming Football

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In less than two weeks, President Donald Trump has tweeted to criticize the NFL on 27 separate occasions.

His issue with the organization began when players started kneeling during the national anthem, a form of protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016.

In preseason this year, more players began to take a knee during the anthem, prior to kick-off, which Trump attacked on September 23. At a rally for Republican senator Luther Strange, Trump urged NFL players be sacked for protesting.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired. He's fired!'" the president said. But this only led to more players protesting and Trump has taken to attacking the NFL from his Twitter account.

Related: Trump's bashing worked, NFL quietly changes rule on protesting national anthem

Below, Newsweek recaps all of the posts Trump has made in reference to the NFL and its national anthem debate:

October 10

Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017

October 9

A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag."Stand for Anthem or sit for game!"

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017

Referring to the game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers that Vice President Mike Pence walked out of when players began protesting the national anthem:

The trip by @VP Pence was long planned. He is receiving great praise for leaving game after the players showed such disrespect for country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2017

October 8

I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017

September 30

19,000 RESPECTING our National Anthem! #StandForOurAnthem🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/czutyGaMQV

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017

Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017

September 27

Spoke to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017

September 26

Ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017

The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017

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

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017

The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017

Even Usain Bolt from Jamaica, one of the greatest runners and athletes of all time, showed RESPECT for our National Anthem! 🇺🇸🇯🇲 pic.twitter.com/zkenuAP9RS

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017

September 25

So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won't put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag - they said it loud and clear!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017

Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017

The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017

#StandForOurAnthem

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017

NFLplayer PatTillman joined U.S. Army in 2002. He was killed in action 2004. He fought 4our country/freedom. #StandForOurAnthem #BoycottNFL pic.twitter.com/k1FXHRoozY

— Florida For Trump (@RedWaveRising45) September 24, 2017

Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.#StandForOurAnthem🇺🇸

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017

September 24

If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017

...NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017

Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017

You can boycott our anthem

WE CAN BOYCOTT YOU! #NFL #MAGA pic.twitter.com/ryYzZnXjXE

— TRUMP WON🇺🇸 DONNA WARREN ⭐️🌟⭐️ (@DonnaWR8) September 24, 2017

Courageous Patriots have fought and died for our great American Flag --- we MUST honor and respect it! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017

Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017

September 23

If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017

...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017

Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017