Even before President Trump injected himself into the
ranks of NFL
coaches, telling football players what they should and shouldn't do
threat of termination, most Americans viewed Trump as a President who
more to divide this country than unite it.
least that's what some Washington Post-ABC polling released Sunday
numbers from the poll show about two-thirds of Americans (66%) felt
despite what he says about the country needing to unite was driving
apart from one another. Only about a third (28%) said he was uniting
Post asked the same question shortly after the Presidential election
very different results. Back then 49% said Trump would "likely"
divide the nation and 44% said he would be a uniter.
that shows is that Trump's actions in office since the election have
more Americans to view him as a divisive leader.
that view holds steady among most demographic groups. "A majority of
Americans and a huge majority of black and Hispanic Americans think
Trump has done more to divide than to unite," said a
report about that poll.
among Republicans, white evangelical Protestants and conservatives do a
majority think that Trump has been more of a uniter. But the
Post found an
interesting detail there that is worth noting.
those who approve of Trump — 39% of respondents, far fewer than other
presidents at this point in a presidency — about 1 in 5 think he has
to divide than to unite. Even 1 in 7 of those who approve of Trump strongly seem him as more of a divider than
to the Post, "Neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama ever had so many
Americans view them as being so divisive. Bush’s worst marks on the
came in June 2005 in Post-ABC polling, when 55 percent of the country
him as doing more to divide than to unite. Obama’s worst numbers came
September 2014, when 55 percent viewed him as divisive."
their part, NFL players and one baseball player responded to Trump's
speech in Atlanta - where he indicated it would be "great" if NFL
owners would fire players who don't stand for the national anthem -
widespread protest actions during the weekend's games.
Saturday night, the Oakland Athletics' Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League
player to kneel in protest during the anthem.
Sunday's NFL games:
or the Tennessee
turned out for the national anthem before kick-off at their game, hours
did the same in Chicago.
anthem singer at the Seahawks-Titans game kneeled at the end of he
as did singer at the Lions-Falcons game, who also raised his fist
Chicago Bears stood on the sidelines with
their arms locked, as did New England
star quarterback Tom Brady and teammates at
players also linked arms. However when it came to football fans, all
solidarity with players. Fans booed their own teams at some games as
silently protested - including at the Titans and Patriots games.
fans clashed with protesters ahead of a game in their home city against
the New York
owner Shahid Khan - who donated $1 Million to the Trump campaign -
with his players which was an unusual sight as owners rarely join their
on the field before games.