The Trump administration had a busy weekend.
The tweeter-in-chief managed to pick a fight with prominent players in two professional sports leagues, launching a mass protest of almost 200 football players during the national anthem. The administration then doubled down on Trump’s Muslim ban by expanding it to include three new countries, two of which are not majority Muslim.
At a rally in Alabama, President Donald Trump asked his crowd if they would want an NFL owner to remove a player from the field if they disrespected the American flag, seemingly alluding to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. He also rescinded an invitation to the champion Golden State Warriors when their star player, Stephen Curry, indicated he did not want to go to the White House.
The move had the impact of unifying players in protest of his actions.
The administration then announced that it would reup its controversial travel ban and extend it to Venezuela, North Korea and Chad beginning Oct. 18. The travel ban ends immigrant and nonimmigrant entry to the United States for six majority Muslim countries. An exception for people with a “bonafide” relationship with a U.S. person or entity expires Oct. 18.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Twitter @AshleyA_RC
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