On Wednesday, conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh said that President Donald Trump’s comments on the NFL are beginning to make him “nervous.”
Limbaugh said, “There’s a part of this story that’s starting to make me nervous, and it’s this: I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior and power of anybody. That’s not where this should be coming from.”
Limbaugh’s comments came in reaction to Trump setting his sights on the NFL when he criticized players who knee in protest of the National Anthem.
There was a strong response from players, coaches, and owners as many protested in some form.
Since then, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he would punish players for disrespecting the flag, and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he wants the players to stand.
On Wednesday, Trump praised league commissioner Roger Goodell for “demanding that all players STAND for our great national anthem.” The NFL, however, said the statement was inaccurate.
Limbaugh continued, “Trump is continually tweeting — I know what he’s doing, and I understand why he’s doing it, and his motives are pure; don’t misunderstand. But I don’t think that it is useful or helpful for any employee anywhere to be forced to do something because the government says they must.”
He concluded, “We don’t want the president being able to demand anybody that he’s unhappy with behave in a way he requires.”