Trump Criticized for Hypocritical Comments on NBA Players vs. NHL Players

In an interview with 'Fox Sports,' Donald Trump criticized the NBA restart for its political support of Black Lives Matter, but praised "ice hockey."

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During an interview with Fox Sports on Tuesday morning, Donald Trump once again criticized players in both the NFL and the NBA for kneeling in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, while simultaneously praising NHL players.

Talking with Clay Travis, Trump said there is "a nastiness about the NBA," referencing the league's efforts to uplift BLM by wearing jerseys with social justice phrases, painting the court with "Black Lives Matter," and public support for the movement from individual players. Trump recently called NBA players "disgraceful" for kneeling during the anthem. 

Trump went on to praise "ice hockey," saying players "respected the mores, they respected what they're supposed to be doing." 

Trump said there is "a nastiness about the NBA," the way the league returned. (Players kneeled for the anthem, have Black Lives Matter messages on jerseys.) "Ice hockey," conversely, "respected the mores, they respected what they're supposed to be doing," he said.

— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 11, 2020

We've moved beyond "dog whistle" to "dog brass section"

— John.Finn. (@ThatJFlash) August 11, 2020

If he means there has been no kneeling, it's not 100% accurate.

— Jason Kay (@JKTHN) August 11, 2020

I'll just leave this here.

— Scott Piatkowski (@ScottPiatkowski) August 11, 2020

The U.S. passed 160,000 COVID-19 related deaths last week, and those numbers continue to rise. It's no surprise that Trump is attempting to distract from his incompetency and use racist tactics to shore up his supporters, as his campaign tailspins into oblivion and he falls behind Joe Biden in polls. 

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