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Yahoo Sports- If there was any sense that the anthem issue would go away with the NFL’s new rule, that vanished on yesterday.

“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better. …”

This is basically a touchdown dance for the president – a celebration of his perceived victory on this issue. The NFL has decided to penalize players who protest (through their teams, at least) and that is something Trump feels he has successfully pushed for. (He’s not wrong.) The Eagles will be cast as losers on the issue, and the fans who show up will see the winning side. It’s a political medal ceremony, with Trump on the top step of the podium.


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