WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the NFL should suspend Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch sat during most of the U.S. anthem and stood for the Mexican anthem before Sunday’s game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
Lynch hasn’t stood for the national anthem since returning from retirement this season.
Trump tweeted early Monday: “Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”
Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement last season when he refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
But others stood firmly behind Lynch while one activist called out Trump for being so vocal about Lynch while remaining quiet on larger more important issues.
If you are struggling to understand why Trump has criticized LaVar Ball & Marshawn Lynch more than Roy Moore, it’s because conservatives have made it very clear that a white Republican pedophile bothers them far less than a Free Black Man.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 20, 2017
Ummm, Marshawn Lynch has donated more money, time and equipment to poor children in America than Donald Trump has ever donated to children in his entire life. He has no qualms about CHIP expiring. This is yet another racist attack on a black athlete. Division is what Trump likes. pic.twitter.com/gBBxL0rWWg
— Janet Shan (@hinterlandg) November 20, 2017
Trump believes Marshawn Lynch should be suspended from his job for sitting during the anthem.
Trump also believes that Roy Moore should be one of 100 Senators representing this great nation after multiple little girls were allegedly raped by him
President Trump Ladies and gents
— Brian Krassenstein? (@krassenstein) November 20, 2017
Of course, the obligatory “why not move there” wasn’t too far behind.
Ungrateful millionaire garbage running back Marshawn Lynch sits during US National Anthem and stands during Mexican Anthem.
Why don’t you just move to Mexico?
Oh, because you wouldn’t have the opportunities and success the American people have given you.
The NFL is toast. pic.twitter.com/HynVo22qtp
— Real Jack (@RealJack) November 20, 2017