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

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Trump's dispute with the NFL began last month after his suggestion that owners fire players who knelt during the national anthem backfired. The disapproval is even higher among white Americans and Republicans - groups that are overwhelmingly pro-Trump and overlap considerably since 8 in 10 Republicans are white. It's also an important part of our game that we all take great pride in. They are simply exercising their constitutional right to peaceful protest and their First Amendment right to free speech, to attempt to start a dialogue about racial matters and police misconduct. "We did not ask for that", he said, as quoted by CBS News. And we're going to continue to work on these issues within the community.

For nearly a month, the american president is engaged in a standoff with the NFL players posing a knee on the ground during the national anthem. Trump's remarks sparked a furious backlash amongst NFL players, team owners and league officials, with large-scale protests by players during the anthem in the weekend following the president's tirade.

He assured that the National Football League did not want to " not do politics", considering that the topics of protest were " complex ". "But really talking a lot about with the opportunity that exists with our players to try to go and really make a difference in our communities in a positive way".

From the moment back in August past year that Colin Kaepernick knelt, he took pains to describe it as a respectful but pointed protest against police killings of African-American men, and the lack of accountability thereof. And the commissioner reiterated that quite clearly Wednesday.

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He said the players "will state to you, and they have stated to everyone publicly, they are not doing this in any way to be disrespectful to the flag", Goodell said.

Trump may be winning this issue with his base - which despite getting behind the winning candidate in 2016 is not the majority of Americans.

This country was formed by protest against the government. And so that was something we continued to focus on this morning.