Normally, I stay out of politics but Saturday Donald Trump jumped into an area that he has no understanding of and as a black man I was peeved enough to write this. I hate to bother you with it but I've posted it elsewhere to let my distaste be known bear with me.This is not directed at any of you but is pointed at Donald Trump.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team," the cowardly dotard Donald Trump Tweeted Friday night. The resident of the Oval Office cried because Stephen Curry said he would not be going to the White House to celebrate the Warriors NBA title.

Trump's action came about after being called on the carpet in a series of Tweets by NBA All-Star Stephen Curry. So, what happened? As usual, Trump started crying and took the ball and went home along with the invitation rolled up in his pocket. Even worse, in typical Trump fashion, he withdrew the invitation for the Warriors to come to the White House.

The only problem was the invitation hadn't been formally issued or accepted. Trump's actions infuriated a host of NFL and NBA players. LeBron James made it clear where he stood and tweeted "U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So, therefore, ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!" So, what does Trump do? He takes the thumb he was sucking on and replaces it with the one that was in his ass.

Speaking to his regular group of deplorables and racists in Huntsville, Alabama, the emboldened Trump said, "Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag,” Trump said, “to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’"

Speaking of Trump, Colin Kaepernick's, mother, Theresa, who would be one of those bitches, said, "It’s almost what I’ve come to expect from him and what most of us have come to expect from him. . . . So we’ll see what happens with that. I don’t know if anything will, but I thought it was a big mistake on his (Trump's) part. Just a terribly bad decision.

Apparently, emboldened by his rally of deplorables, the dotard in charge chose to speak out about events sparked by Colin Kaepernick's protest regarding blacks killed by the police in the United States. Although Trump never mentioned Kaepernick by name, it was clear who he referenced.

Response to Trump's statement game show mentality was swift and brutal.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety T.J. Ward said it will give more players a reason to kneel, while Saints receiver Michael Thomas emphasized that players need to keep using their platforms to stop social injustice.

Without mentioning Trump by name, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday hit back at President Donald Trump's criticism of players who kneel during the national anthem, slamming the comments as "divisive" and showing an "unfortunate lack of respect."

Adding, "The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture," Goodell said. "There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we've experienced over the last month." (statement released NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell)

In a statement released by the head of the NFL Players Association, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said, the union representing professional football players, said that the union "will never back down" from supporting players' right to protest.

Now, the Dufus-In-Charge actions guarantee a response by NFL players. Former NBA All-Star Chris Paul said, "With everything that's going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who's kneeling and visiting the White House??? And I doubt he's man enough to call any of those players a son of a bitch to their face." Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy said, "It’s really sad man … our president is an asshole." Bengals safety Geore Iloka wasn't as harsh, but he did call Trump a clown. (CBS Sports)

Trump's statement is not his first trip into sports territory. It's the worst but not the first. Earlier in the month, Trump has called for black sports figures to be fired for expressing opinions he found distasteful. He also demanded an apology for a series of tweets in which the ESPN anchor Jemele Hill described him as a white supremacist. (Washington Post)

Hill was right on the money after Trump described Neo-Nazis, KKK members and white supremacist in the Charlottesville Virginia clash as "good people while he turns a deaf ear to people with a real cause. Not only has his depthless ignorance been highlighted, his white supremacist tendencies are in full view, hardly a revelation for any person of color.

Clearly, Trump should stay out of things he knows nothing about but that hasn't stopped his inept and incompetent reign in the White House, another subject he knows nothing about. Like everything else, Trump knows nothing of free speech or the problems minorities faced and continue to face in this country.

It is clear the Russian puppet in the Oval Office wants slavery reinstated. Currently, the NBA is 74% black. Trump wants them to submit to plantation rule. It ain't gonna happen. The same goes for the NFL where 70% of the players are black. Trump Tweeted 17 times Saturday about the NFL and NBA and not once did he say anything thing about the catastrophic events in Puerto Rico where Hurricane Maria as left great portions of the island nation without power. Many people living near a crumbling dam in storm-battered Puerto Rico have evacuated, Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Monday, as he asked for more government aid to avert a humanitarian crisis after Hurricane Maria. Trump found time for sports but turned his back on American citizens to get into an argument he started because of his ignorance.

Much of the Caribbean island, a U.S. territory with a population of 3.4 million, is still without electricity five days after Maria struck with ferocious winds and torrential rains, the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in nearly a century.

There have been growing concerns for some 70,000 people who live in the river valley below the Guajataca Dam in the island’s northwest, where cracks were seen on Friday in the 88-year-old earthen structure.Rossello said he was working on the assumption that the 120-foot (35-meter) dam would collapse.

The right to protest is American as apple pie. The American Revolution was a protest against British rule. Perhaps no one remembers the Curt Flood protest that eventually brought free agency to Major League Baseball, but it started with one man who refused to be a slave to MLB owners.

Perhaps, it was once considered an honor for a championship team to go to the White House but today it is highly questionable. Perhaps, and more than likely, it is Trump who wants to be honored.

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on September 26, 2017 at 4:18pm

Teresa--Sometimes, I think if you're catching a lot of grief, then you must be doing it the right way. I've been among the protesters in a couple of the things you mentioned and I still glad that I did. All I had were my feet and pen but I tried and still consider myself an activist. By the way, I lost my try to head the City Council but I made a lot of new friends.

Comment by Teresa Roberts on September 26, 2017 at 2:02pm

To protest is one of the few things that an ordinary citizen who has almost zero power can do. Yet, the vast majority do not seem to understand the importance of a protest, regardless of the issue. Humans are so incapable of uniting against a common enemy that it boggles my mind. Instead of casting aspersions on protestors, we should be saluting them. Most of us do NOTHING about ANYTHING. Silence has not proven to be very effective. I support the players and their commitment to a cause for justice and equality. We need more people out on the streets instead of sitting on their butts in front of the TV expounding about the things that need changing while waiting for someone else to do it but slandering the few that actually will do something. Protesting has NEVER been popular with the masses until after the fact. We protested the Vietnam War and mainstream America considered it to be un-American. Later, the protestors found themselves on the right side of history. The Iraq War, Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Ride, Women's right to vote, gay marriage .... the list goes on and on. The few took up the cause for the many and often were treated poorly by the very people they were trying to help. I say everyone should get out there and protest or kindly shut up.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on September 26, 2017 at 1:09pm

Bertold, that is on the money.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on September 26, 2017 at 1:08pm

Loren

I hate being so hard on Trump. No, that's not right. He is incompetent, immaterial and irrelevant. He's a disaster. Hopefully, we can get out of a nuclear swinging dick contest.I have no doubt he'd push the button failing to understand NK can reach us also. Detente Anyone?? I'll take this down Thursday. No sense of subjecting others to a personal rant.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 26, 2017 at 12:30pm

The idea of Republicans acting in anyone's interest but their own should aspire to some day become a pipe dream. Admittedly Dolt 45's sheer piggishness might give them a bit of heartburn as to what the hell their best interest is in any given situation, but they ain't gonna abandon it. Baby and bathwater both be damned.

When he was banned from teaching in the US, Bertrand Russell penned a letter to the NYT (April 2, 1940) in which he noted that 

In a democracy it is necessary that people should learn to endure having their sentiments outraged.

I don't think the current situation is exactly what he had in mind, but at least we're all getting a lot of practice.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 26, 2017 at 11:58am

I ran onto a statement in my morning email which pretty well knocked this whole business into a cocked hat, more or less:

Not since the Jim Crow era has an American president so misunderstood and misrepresented our values.
-- Joe Biden

The blunt end of the stick is that Donald Trump has no idea about how American government works or what his position, abilities and LIMITS are as president.  He is plainly IGNORANT, yet empowered, an exceptionally dangerous combination and one which we must not tolerate.  Still, the Republicans can't deny that They WON, and to challenge Trump is to piss into the wind.  Their performance to this point indicates that they will have to be a LOT more aggrieved at Trump's behavior before we can hope to expect them to act in OUR best interest, rather than their own.

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