However questionable Trump’s comments on the NFL kneeling protest were, he is strongly profiting from the spat by firing up a significant part of the country that agrees with him, infers Scott Jennings of CNN. What Democrats and liberals in urban areas think of the U.S. president doesn’t matter a lot to the GOP. These are areas that they are unlikely to win over anyway. But by taking a hard stance on these protests, Trump is endearing himself to large swathes of rural, patriotic America. His combative words gave conservatives an ideological opponent that will only bring them closer to his side. Trump is winning this battle.
President Trump lost his war of words with the NFL and its players, argues Christine Brennan of USA Today. He showed incredibly poor judgement in profanely insulting the mothers of NFL players and going on aggressive Twitter rants. In doing so, Trump made the NFL kneeling protest an act of defiance against him, only prompting more athletes to take part in it. Even team owners, such as the Trump-supporting Jerry Jones, took a knee in solidarity with their players. The president managed to rile up a far bigger part of the country and created more support for the kneeling protest movement. He is losing badly.