Trump Attacks NFL National Anthem Protesters, Internet Blitzes

“He shoved sitting for the national anthem right up their asses,” wrote Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld

Last Updated: January 30, 2018 @ 8:29 PM

In the first of many “he went there” moments from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, the commander-in-chief launched a very thinly veiled swipe the NFL players who took a knee for the National Anthem.

The moment came while Trump honored 12-year-old Preston Sharp. The California boy earned a seat next to first lady Melania Trump for a program he started to make sure the graves of U.S. soldiers were marked with American flags.

“Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us of why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the National Anthem,” said Trump, to wild applause from the Republicans in the Capitol chamber.

Reaction to the moment came in fast and frothing. GOP Twitter took note of Democrats’ sullen faces at the invocation of the anthem, while Liberal Twitter said the president invoking the NFL protest undermined any hope of a unifying address.

“He shoved sitting for the national anthem right up their asses,” wrote Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld.