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Trump Wants You to Sign Petition Demanding That ‘Spineless’ ESPN Broadcast the National Anthem

President Donald Trump has been vocal about his views on the National Football League (NFL) players kneeling in protest during the national anthem, but now he wants his supporters to sign a petition.

After ESPN decided they weren’t going to broadcast the national anthem on “Monday Night Football,” the Trump Make America Great Again Committee sent an email with a petition on the president’s behalf.

In the email, Trump called ESPN’s announcement a “spineless surrender to the politically correct liberal mob.”

“Just after we heard a sitting governor trash America, ESPN has now decided it will no longer play the National Anthem before Monday Night Football,” the email read. “If ‘America’ is too offensive for anyone in our country, then what are they doing in America?’”

This follows as last Friday, ESPN’s president, Jimmy Pitaro, said the network will not be broadcasting the anthem again this year:

“We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don’t think that will change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem … again that could change. It’s unpredictable what could happen in the world but as of now, we’re not. We have communicated that back to the NF. They have not asked but as courtesy and good partners we have let them know what our plans are.”

Trump once again criticized the players’ stance at his West Virginia rally on Tuesday, USA Today reported.

“You’re proud of our country, you’re proud of our history, and unlike the NFL, you always honor and cherish our great American flag. It was just announced by ESPN that rather than defending our anthem, our beautiful, beautiful national anthem and defending our flag, they’ve decided that they just won’t broadcast when they play the national anthem. We don’t like that.”

The controversy started when San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, took a knee to protest police brutality. Since then, it has been an on-going occurrence for other teams.

“I was the first person to sign this petition. Now I need you to follow my lead and be the second,” the email concluded.

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