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US President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting on July 18, 2018, at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump reignited his ire toward NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and the disenfranchisement of people of color.

During preseason games on Thursday night, multiple players took a knee or raised a fist during the anthem, leading Donald Trump to seethe on Twitter.

This isn’t the first time the president has called for protesting players to be suspended without pay. This past May, the NFL announced a policy mandating that players stand for the anthem or remain in the locker room. The policy was heavily criticized and has now been put on hold, but Trump insisted in an interview with Fox and Friends that the players were being let off too easy, seemingly implying that they should be deported instead.

I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing. You shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem.

Trump’s animus toward protesting players has proven to be one of his strongest vendettas. He’s railed against players at his rallies in the past, much to the attending supporters’ delight. At one rally, he said to the crowd:

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!’

He’s also tweeted about the protests to the point of incessance.

The reason for such pointed anger is unclear, but Americans are getting sick of it.

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