Blumenauer Statement on Trump’s Attacks on Athletes Protesting Racial Injustice

September 25, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Blumenauer released the following statement on Donald Trump’s attacks on athletes protesting racial injustice:

“Trump’s attacks over the weekend are repugnant and beneath the dignity of the office of the president. At a time when the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—U.S. citizens—are facing a humanitarian crisis, his focus should be on recovery efforts. Instead, he chose to attack athletes rightfully protesting injustice.

“Perhaps most disturbing, Trump was quicker to condemn these athletes—patriotic citizens exercising their First Amendment right to free speech in the face of rampant and systemic racism—than he was the white supremacists responsible for the terrorist attack in Charlottesville. It’s shameful, and only further shows that his priorities are wrong and deeply misguided. 

“In times of tragedy, a president has the responsibility to bring the country together and lead. Instead, Trump incites further division and hate through both his words and actions. Despite this, NFL teams across the nation came together on Sunday. Their unity—and the bravery of all of the players taking a stand against injustice—capture the true American spirit.”