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Editorial Exchange: Trump Makes America Break Again

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Trump Makes America Break Again

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Editorial Exchange: Trump makes America break again


An editorial from the Hamilton Spectator, published Sept. 25:

Civil discourse in America is down in the dirt and Donald Trump is swinging the club that put it there.

In a series of outbursts bizarre even for the United States provocateur-in-chief, Trump has in recent days urged National Football League franchise owners to fire players who kneel during the national anthem and called on fans to boycott teams that permit such protests.

To top it off, the president disparaged any athlete who acts this way as a "son of a bitch."

History tells us many U.S. presidents freely indulged in profanities.

No one has done it with such relish and as publicly as Trump.

If he thought such tough, undignified vulgarities would stop professional athletes from taking a stand against racial inequality and specifically denouncing police violence against African Americans, he was wrong.

His crude insults have provoked more protests than ever.

Hundreds of NFL players responded to Trump by sitting, kneeling or raising their fists as the Star Spangled Banner was sung before Sunday's games.

Of course, it's doubtful Trump minded because his intention was never to end a controversy.

His metier is to create them.

He pours gasoline, not water, on political brush fires.

And so he's raised the heat in the discussion of race to the boiling point.

National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James called the president "a bum."

Other athletes chose an unprintable obscenity to criticize Trump.

On the other side of this increasingly polarized debate, conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza told fans to boo protesting players -- and that's exactly what spectators in Indianapolis did. …

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