by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
It must be written somewhere that in the age of Trump, Democrats and the national media are required to stake out thoroughly stupid positions in the culture wars.
Abstaining isn’t an option.
The New York Times ran three pieces this week opposing the NFL’s new policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem during games, or remain in the locker room if they won’t. …
… If the NFL is “siding” with Trump and the “conservative mob,” it’s only because that side is more popular than the Times’ editorial board. …
… On Sept. 26, half of Americans said they disagreed with NFL players kneeling during the national anthem and just 40 percent said they agreed with it. By Oct. 2, nearly 60 percent said they disagreed with the kneeling and the portion that agreed with it shrunk to 30 percent.
A more recent Washington Post poll published this week said that 53 percent of Americans said it was “never appropriate” to kneel during the anthem.
Trump himself isn’t even that popular with the public, which should indicate that he was at least onto something.
Media: No thanks, we’ll reflexively take the losing side because it feels good!
The exact same episode played out last week when Trump used the words “animals” to describe illegal immigrant gang members.