President Trump created a firestorm of controversy when he spoke at an Alabama rally about NFL “kneelers.”
From Federalist Papers
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag,” Trump said, “to say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.”
Scott Adams tells you how President Trump will come out ahead on the anthem protests. https://t.co/hNxGYCc3fJ
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) September 26, 2017
Adams starts by saying many people are asking how Trump can “possibly” come out ahead on the issue of NFL kneelers.
“I’m here to tell you,” Adams says, “not only how he will possibly win this, but unless something new and unexpected comes out of this, he already won.”
Adams explains that Trump has built an argument that we are Americans first, and his stance against NFL players protesting the National Anthem while on the field is taking the “high ground,” which is patriotism and love of country.
“In the end,” Adams asserts, “the high ground always wins, and the better brand always wins. The better brand here is America. So he took the better brand from the start, and it’s also the high ground.”
Te on-the-field protests “a little bit too Broadway,” and he says that in time, the argument will fall behind and lose to Trump’s higher ground.
“In the long run, all these different forms of protest for the anthem, the staying inside, the kneeling and then standing, some kneeling, some standing, some locking arms. It all became just a little bit too Broadway, wouldn’t you say?”
“Which of those two approaches feels enduring, meaning, which one is going to be the same a year from now?”
The answer is simple. In time, the NFL, including its players, will tire of the protests, they’re going to stand during the National Anthem, and Trump’s argument of American pride will not have changed.
So who’s the winner?
“It is going to be Trump,” Adams says. “A year from now, America is still the best brand, it is still the high ground, he’s still the president, he still loves America, he is still the same.”
Adams notes that we’re already starting to see the protests fizzle out:
What the Cowboys did was, with their owner, they locked arms and got down on one knee before the anthem was played. Everybody was booing, it looked like they were going to stay down when the anthem was played. But, in a surprise that no one saw coming, when the anthem started playing they stood up. So they split the difference. They respected the flag and the anthem, but they knelt to protest everything from Trump to police brutality, to god knows what they were protesting. They all probably had slightly different things in their minds…
He also encourages people to “check the board.” In one year’s time, Trump will still be president, American principles, or in Adam’s words, “America the brand,” will still be strong, and patriotism will win over players protesting one thing or another while on the job.
Whatever side a person takes in the debate, Adams is right.
A year from now, some may agree with the stance of one protestor or another on an issue the player wanted to address.
It will be obvious, though, that staging a protest while on the job by refusing to stand for the National Anthem was disrespectful.
Trump’s high ground, in the end, will win.