President Donald Trump's comments on the NFL are starting to make Rush Limbaugh "nervous," the conservative radio show host said Wednesday, per a report in The Hill.
"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," Limbaugh said. "That's not where this should be coming from."
Trump two weeks ago set his sights on the NFL when he lashed out at athletes who protest before games. The response from players, coaches, and owners was swift 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.
The president Wednesday praised league commissioner Roger Goodell for "demanding that all players STAND for our great national anthem," but the NFL said the statement was inaccurate.
"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," Limbaugh added. "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 continued.
"We don't want the president being able to demand anybody that he's unhappy with behave in a way he requires," Limbaugh said.
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