President Trump said if former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was suspended for kneeling he would have stopped and “you would never have had a problem.” From his interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday night:
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So I watched Colin Kaepernick and I thought it was terrible. And then it got bigger and bigger and started mushrooming. And frankly, the NFL should have suspended him for one game and he never would have done it again.
They could have then suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him, if he did it a third time, for the season and you would never have had a problem. But I will tell you, you cannot disrespect our country, our flag, our anthem, you cannot do that. (ph)
HANNITY: Obviously, the people of the country are with you. Hundreds of thousands of people fought, bled — hundreds of thousands died fighting under that flag.
HANNITY: When you look at the Obama years, Chicago. One city, his adopted home town, 3,900 people were murdered. In the last six years of Obama’s presidency, 18,000 shootings. I don’t think he mentioned it but three or four times.
TRUMP: Yes, it’s hard to believe.
HANNITY: And disproportionately, his economic policies hurt black Americans, Hispanic Americans more. How will your policies help minorities that are still struggling?
TRUMP: Well first of all, minorities want police protection more than anybody. They need it more than anybody. What’s going on is crazy. And you look at some of these inner cities where it’s just out of control, and remember, I was saying things like we will — you know, what do you have to lose? We will fix it. We’re going to fix it. But one of the things we’re doing very strongly now is the inner cities.
Now Chicago is out of control. I don’t know what they’re doing in Chicago to have this many shootings and this many killings and all of the different things that are going on.
This is not like it’s the United States of America. And pure and simple that’s bad management. That’s bad politics. It’s incredible. And then you talk to them, “Why aren’t you doing something?” They don’t even want to talk to you about it. It’s really insulting to our nation and whether you take on the NFL or you take on Chicago and some of our other cities there shouldn’t be murders like this.
And you know, we have incredible police in this country. They could stop it if they were allowed to do their jobs they could stop it. …read more