On Friday President Trump visited Huntsville, Alabama to stump for junior Senator Luther Strange. If Strange wins next week’s election he will replace former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. Attorney General. The speech was vintage Trump. He talked up America’s strength – God, family and country. He praised Strange for voting to repeal Obamacare. For those who did not vote to repeal – John McCain – received special mention from the President. He threw some barbs at “Rocket Man,” Kim Jong Un, and reminded the American people of the evils in the world and how he would keep America safe. That really got the Huntsville crowd riled up.
However, Trump saved it best for NFL players like Colin Kaepernick, the Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks’ Michael Bennett who refuse to stand during the National Anthem:
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 … out right now he’s fired … Fired!’
The crowd gave Trump a standing ovation after his impassioned words, and chants of “USA! USA! USA!” What better way to get a standing ovation than to fire a black man an show him whose country this is? Below are additional comments from Trump and the Shock Exchange’s interpretation.
Trump: You know some owner’s gonna do that … That guy who disrespects our flag. He’s fired. And that owner … they don’t know it … they’re friends of mine many of them … they’ll be the most popular person for a week.
Shock Exchange Interpretation: Who didn’t know this was coming. First of all, Trump ran on a platform of “Keep America Great.” Flag waving his part of mantra and part of his appeal to Americans who voted for him. Secondly, it would be pretty naïve for players to think that sitting kneeling during the National Anthem would not get some kind of blow back. Any leader of any country would flip out if someone did not standing during their National Anthem. Trump is practically begging owners to fire players. Since most people engage in “group think” and act band wagoners, I would not be surprised if an owner followed through on it.
The players are courageous in helping to bring attention to inequality, racial profiling and the police state we now live in. However, kneeling during the National Anthem was bound to get some blow back and that blow back appears to have arrived.
Trump: It’s’ still totally disrespectful and the NFL ratings are now massively. The number one reason is they (NFL fans) like to watch what’s happening with yours truly.
Shock Exchange Interpretation: Trump is mixing up cause and effect here. NFL ratings are down likely because the league is putting out an inferior product. Die hard fans like myself stopped watching the NFL years ago. First of all, they may as well be playing “two hand touch.” Secondly, there is too much interruption of games to get a call right. No one wants human error from the officials so game go on for at least an hour too long to watch instant replay. Lastly, the owners do not care about winning; they only care about money. Begging for new stadium deals and leaving town for green pastures has gotten kind of old. Owners might not put a winning team on the field, but they are quick to brag about how money they are worth.
Trump: You know what’s hurting the game more than that … when people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great National Anthem. The only thing you can do better is if you see it, even if it’s just one player, pick up and leave.
Shock Exchange Interpretation: Now Trump is trying to mess up the NFL’s money. NFL ratings are already down. If fans leave the stadium due to a National Anthem protest the mainstream media will go wild with how the players are hurting the game and hurting fan appeal. The narrative is already there. All the fans have to do is follow through on Trump’s advice. The narrative of “National Anthem disrespect causes fans to lose interest” could potentially force the NFL to start firing players … and who said Trump does not understand politics?
On Shock Exchange
Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead explains the stock market and U.S. economy through the eyes of the New York Shock Exchange, a financial literacy program Ralph Baker started in 2006 to share his passion for investing and basketball with his 11-year-old son and other boys his age. The book predicts the “pain ahead” for the U.S. economy, the demise of China, the pending stock market crash and social unrest.
Shock Exchange has been trumpeted by President Obama, the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee. However, they conveniently forgot to cite the source. Critics try to make and unmake authors, but the market always decides. The book was also recently added to Trump Syllabus K12, crafted by Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead of Loyola University Maryland. Shock Exchange is the best book on Wall Street in the past 20 years, and on economics, it may be the most important book since the Great Depression.