Politics, Moderate



Trump wants to fire those who 'disrespect' America? He should start at home

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

As much as Trump might not like football players taking a stand on national issues while they're on the clock, I and many others don't like the president needlessly stoking division while he's on our clock.

That's right, we pay Trump's salary. He works for all of us, not the other way around.

And griping about the behavior of football players while rallying crowds of white people wearing cute red baseball caps isn't, as far I'm concerned, in the job description.

Millions of people in Puerto Rico are still without power and cut off from the world in the wake of Hurricane Maria, and one official there described the damage as "apocalyptic." I would prefer that President Trump spent the weekend focused on that humanitarian crisis.

Or rather than attacking the messengers and suggesting a boycott of the country's highest revenue sports league, Trump could have spared a few tweets to call for ideas on easing the tension between police and the black community.

That's what the president is paid to do. Instead, he's hopping on Twitter to "do free speech" during work hours and I, for one, find the free speech he's doing disrespectful to our country and to everything the American flag represents.

To paraphrase one American president, if Trump wants the privilege of being the leader of the United States, he should not be allowed to "disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country)."

Perhaps Trump should fire himself.

If he were black, I bet he would.


(Rex Huppke is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and a noted hypocrisy enthusiast. You can email him at rhuppke@tribune.com or follow him on Twitter at @RexHuppke.)



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