Donald Trump takes credit for decline in NFL’s ratings (vid)
President Donald Trump on Wednesday took credit for how the NFL is experiencing declining ratings, saying in part that people prefer watching his rallies as they’re “more exciting” and “a hell of a lot more dangerous.”
At North Dakota stop, President Trump claims his rallies are the reason why NFL ratings are down: "They find this more exciting than the NFL and a hell of a lot more dangerous." https://t.co/ln7yjZwJKQ pic.twitter.com/2c1OvHoPaI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 28, 2018
“When the NFL is down 20 percent – it’s the flag, but it’s also the fact that everyone is watching us on the different cable networks,” Trump said at rally Wednesday night in North Dakota. “They find this more exciting than the NFL but a hell of a lot more dangerous.”
Trump of course has been waging war with the NFL for the better part of a year now, primarily over the league’s players protesting during the national anthem. It began last September during a rally in Huntsville, Ala., when Trump said during the speech that NFL owners should fire any “son of a (expletive)” who protested during the anthem.
Trump earlier this month also argued that players should not get “politics involved” while seemingly suggesting their high incomes make them hypocrites.
The contentious situation came to a head earlier this month when Trump abruptly canceled a planned event at the White House where the Philadelphia Eagles were to be honored for their Super Bowl LII victory.
A statement issued by the White House in the wake of Trump’s announcement placed all the blame on the Eagles for the sudden cancellation and accused the team of abandoning their fans. Trump instead held a “Celebration of America” event.
It merits noting that the NFL is not the only professional sports league embroiled in an acrimonious dialogue with Trump. In fact, Trump recently indicated the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors would not be invited to the White House and said “we’ll see” on whether or not an invitation will be extended to the Washington Capitals after their Stanley Cup Final victory.