President Donald Trump tweeted a response to the ongoing protests to his call for firing the national anthem kneelers:
Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Despite Trump’s attempt to paint a picture of triumph on the issue, celebrities were showing solidarity with NFL players, as derision, anger, and some conservative support keeps building in reaction to the tweets by President Trump decrying national anthem kneeling and other social justice protests.
A roundup of reactions:
I’m starting to regret naming my son “Donald Trump, Jr.” It seemed okay 11 years ago.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) September 24, 2017
As a football fan, I am proud of the NFL players today. Nothing is more American than the right to peacefully protest.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 24, 2017
Praising neo-Nazis as "some very good people". https://t.co/Eps4p7hVcd
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 24, 2017
At my 2pm matinee today I will participate in the NFL players protest against Trump's hateful anti-American comments. pic.twitter.com/FlCptfQIUL
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) September 24, 2017
It's time to loudly boo teams & players who refuse to respect the national anthem–we too can exercise our right to protest #TakeAKnee
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) September 24, 2017
Players have forgotten that fans pay their salaries. Alienating half of your customers, regardless of politics, is just bad business.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 24, 2017
He's not declaring war on NFL and NBA. Owners are his donors. He's declaring way against black people with opinions. https://t.co/lnEIKs1e9I
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 23, 2017
So… How many Sons A' Bitches kneeling tomorrow??!! How many of Dotards boys firing Mothfukkas?? Odds??!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 24, 2017
'Privilege.' Some people don't get given millions by Daddy, Donnie. They actually earn it. https://t.co/rmKataLLQX
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 23, 2017