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Trump says criticism of NFL players who kneel ‘has nothing to do with race’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says his criticism of football players who kneel during the national anthem "has nothing to do with race."

Left, Buffalo Bills players kneel during the national anthem before an NFL game against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 24, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. Right,
President Donald Trump is pictured. (Left: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images; right: John Moore/Getty Images)

The president says on Twitter on Monday that the issue is "about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!"

The president tweeted that many people "booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!"

He also points with pride to NASCAR supporters, writing, "They won't put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag - they said it loud and clear!"

About football 200 players decided to stand, kneel or raise their fists during the national anthem at NFL games on Sunday in response to Trump's calls for players to be fired.