Last week, at a rally in Alabama, Donald Trump wasn't getting the crowd hyped up enough, so he decided to turn his attention to the handful of NFL players who have been taking a knee during the national anthem at the start of football games as a peaceful protest against police brutality, specifically in the African-American community. At the rally, Trump changed the narrative to focus on these players disrespecting the flag and our troops.
“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!’” President Trump said. The NFL players did not take kindly to Trump's posturing and the next day, over 500 players either took a knee or did not come out of their locker room for the national anthem in protest, creating a much larger dialogue in the mainstream about the issue. During a recent interview with Q105.1, Corey Taylor was asked his opinion on the issue and he is siding with the players:
"I think a lot of people have been very secure in their freedom for a very long time, so they're looking for things to bitch about now — not on the football players' side; I'm talking about the other side"
"The whole reason that football players are kneeling during the national anthem is to call attention to the fact that police brutality is out of control. There have already been seven hundred and twelve people killed while in police [custody] this year alone. That is a huge, huge number. The whole reason that people are doing that is to call attention to that, and the fact that most of [the police officers], their body cameras weren't working. Yeah, sure, okay, whatever. But you've got a handful of asshats that are trying to make it about something that it's not."
"First of all, this is America. You've got the right to protest; it is right in the goddamn Constitution. This is a peaceful protest. It is not disrespecting the troops, no matter how much you try to twist it that way.
"People need to get over themselves," Corey continued. "And they need to realize that that president that you're all supporting is taking us even closer to the goddamn brink of war. I'm not saying it's gonna get there, but I think people need to get their goddamn priorities straight before they start bitching about people kneeling for a very good cause."
Watch the full interview below:
[Transcript via Blabbermouth]