Sports were once an area where partisans could put asides their differences, at least for an afternoon. That is changing rapidly as more and more famous NBA, NFL, and MLB players choose to enter the political arena via Twitter. President Trump stirred the pot even more with a tweet criticizing NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.
Getting involved in cultural issues and pandering to identity politics satiates President Trump’s base, but does nothing to solve the country’s problems. One twitter user by the name of @realDonaldTrump was keen enough to point that out all the way back in 2013:
President should not be telling the Washington Redskins to change their name-our country has far bigger problems! FOCUS on them,not nonsense
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2013
Donald Trump’s old tweet said President should focus on bigger problems than football
That’s right. Donald Trump himself criticized then-President Barack Obama for commenting on the potential Washington Redskins name change four years ago. The reality television star correctly pointed out that the United States was facing far greater problems than the name of a second rate football team.
If only Donald Trump were able to come to that same conclusion today. The country is facing even greater problems now than we were then. In addition to Republicans’ inability to repeal Obamacare, or come together on tax reform, there’s the threat of a nuclear North Korea that wasn’t present four years ago. If anything, Donald Trump’s tweet is more relevant when applied to the nonsensical scandal over whether NFL players kneel during the national anthem.
This isn’t just another example of Donald Trump’s old tweets coming back to bite him. In this case, as with Donald Trump’s tweets about the Afghanistan War, the original tweets were right. President Trump should take a moment and listen to what Donald Trump had to say.
(Image of Donald Trump tweeting by Twitter user @PajaroPolitico)