President Donald Trump extended his campaign against NFL players who protest during the national anthem into a sixth straight day.
On Wednesday, the president tweeted praise for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — who joined his team on the sidelines Monday night to kneel in solidarity ahead of the anthem before rising for Jordin Sparks’ rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” itself.
“Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done,” Trump wrote. “Players will stand for Country!”
Spoke to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
On Tuesday, Trump had tweeted how fans had booed when Jones and the Cowboys took a knee before the game, calling the jeers “the loudest I ever heard.” But h also praised the team for standing during the anthem: “Big progress made — we all love our country.”
Jones had said he joined his players as a gesture of support. “Our players wanted to make a statement about unity and we wanted to make a statement about equality,” he said after the game.