Published 11:21 PM EDT Sep 13, 2020
The Trump family attacks on the American institution that is football continued Sunday.
Nearly a week after Donald Trump’s son, Eric, tweeted that “Football is officially dead,” and while the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams were playing on “Sunday Night Football,” the president went after the sport.
“Football’s boring as hell. It’s just not the same, right?” Trump said at a campaign rally in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas, the new home city of one of the NFL’s most iconic franchises, the Raiders.
Trump continued to bloviate that people once asked that events not get scheduled during football games, and now “they say, ‘can you possibly do it during a football game?'”
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Trump’s war against football — more specifically the NFL — dates back to the 1980s, when he was an owner of the USFL’s New Jersey Generals. Trump’s push to move the USFL schedule from the spring to fall ultimately deep-sixed the upstart league. In 2014, Trump launched a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. That failed. In 2017, Trump’s war of words against the NFL hit overdrive when he implored team owners to fire players for protesting during the national anthem. It has remained a Trump talking point ever since.
As the NFL opened its 2020 season this weekend, players and teams once again continued to protest against police brutality and racial injustice.