JK Rowling slams Donald Trump over NFL 'privilege' comments on Twitter

'Some people don't get given millions by Daddy, Donnie'

Jack Shepherd
Sunday 24 September 2017 11:36
Comments

Over the weekend, Donald Trump launched attacked NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem, labelling them “sons of bitches” and saying they should be fired.

Since then, numerous celebrities have derided the comments, including Stevie Wonder who ‘knelt for America’ while headlining a music festival.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling, a vocal critic of Trump, was quick to lash out at the President after he commented how players wanting “the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL” should not “disrespect” the national anthem.

The silver-tongued author commented: “’Privilege.' Some people don't get given millions by Daddy, Donnie. They actually earn it.”

Others to have publicly condemned Trump’s message include Oakland baseball player Bruce Maxwell who kneeled during the national anthem, becoming the first major league baseball player to take a knee.

Trump made the “sons of bitches” remark during a rally in Alabama, saying: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

The President continued: “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

Kneeling during the national anthem was started by American football player Colin Kaepernick back in 2016. The protest was done in support of Black Lives Matter, which campaigns against systematic racism in America.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in