President Trump weighed in on Detroit Lions and Houston Texans players kneeling during the national anthem prior to their Thanksgiving Day football game.
Trump offered a two-word response on Twitter to pictures of the Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford and his counterpart for the Texans, Deshaun Watson, taking a knee in protest of police brutality and racism in the U.S.
“No thanks!” he wrote.
Trump has been a fierce critic of players kneeling during the anthem, accusing them of disrespecting the military. However, multiple players have said that their protest has nothing to do with the military and instead has everything to do with social injustice
Players have knelt during the national anthem since the first week of the NFL season after a summer of racial tension and protests after the deaths of several Black people in police-involved incidents.
NFL broadcasts showed the protests during the anthem during the start of the season but tapered off as the season continued.