Capitol Report: Why Trump’s demand for NFL rule to make players stand for National Anthem is overkill

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President Trump has alienated NFL owners, such as New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, after his attacks on players who’ve kneeled during the National Anthem. Kraft is a longtime friend of the president, but he said he was “disappointed” by the Trump’s criticism.

In his escalating feud with pro football, President Trump on Tuesday exhorted the NFL to institute a rule requiring players to stand for the National Anthem — a rule that’s already on the league’s books.

The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!

— Donald J.

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