Trump launches petition to stand for national anthem

Giants John Mara Most fans demand players stand for national anthem

The petition is hosted on the GOP website and offers this description: "The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem".

The petition is just the latest move by Trump and his administration aimed at the National Football League protests.

Dissatisfied with the NFL's announcement that it won't require players to stand, President Donald Trump launched the "Stand for the National Anthem" petition on Thursday.

"The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem". Total lack of respect to our great country!

The Trump campaign released a petition encouraging everyone to stand for the national anthem.

Trump, however, has consistently called for any players who join the protests - which were started last season by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick - to be fired by their teams.

"Too much talk, not enough action", he wrote, referring to the league, in a Twitter post on Wednesday afternoon.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Tuesday at the league's fall meetings that altering the language from "should stand" to "must stand" was not discussed.

"We're not afraid of the tough conversations", he said.

Trump has harshly criticized players who refuse to stand for the anthem, previously stating at a rally in late September owners need to "get that son of a bitch off the field". And it's also for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that.

New Orleans players kneel during the American anthem. "We spent today talking about the issues that players have been trying to bring attention to - issues to make our communities better. that was the entire focus of today". "What we try to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is that they're protesting and try to address that matter".

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