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Trump asks supporters to sign 'Stand for the National Anthem' petition

Trump asks supporters to sign 'Stand for the National Anthem' petition

"The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem", the petition, which lives on gop.com, reads.

In contrast to Trump, who has scorned any player who protests as a "son of a bitch" who should face suspension, Goodell praised the athletes as political activists trying to improve their communities.

In a tweet on Wednesday, the U.S. president upped the ante in his fight with the NFL players kneeling down during the national anthem to decry police brutality against minorities, particularly African Americans in the United States. "It does not say how many signatures it has garnered so far", The Hill reports. "That's what we had yesterday to make sure we understand one another and understand where they're coming from, and I think out of those discussions, they understand the owners and the National Football League really do care about their issues and what we can do to make the communities better".

".@NFL: Too much talk, not enough action". "Stand for the National Anthem".

On Tuesday, amid controversies surrounding NFL players' right to protest, NFL owner Roger Goodell said the league will not require players to stand during the national anthem.

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The Tennessee senator added that the majority of Senate Republicans privately had reservations about the president. The White House on Tuesday escalated its feud with Sen.

Trump has repeatedly expressed disdain for the protests since a rally in September.

The president has called the protests disrespectful, and has urged supporters to walk out of games when players kneel during the anthem.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first popularized the gesture a year ago, said he settled on kneeling as a form of protest because it is widely seen as a gesture of respect.

Goodell said he understood the concerns of the players - who are seeking to draw attention to racial injustice and police brutality - but he hopes the league can bring the total number of protesters down to zero.

Trump's comments, however, only appeared to fuel the anthem protest movement as more players than ever before protested the national anthem in some manner the following Sunday.

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