Most of us know the deep problem the National Football League is in, due to the discovery that a majority of its players are emerging from the sport with severe brain damage, leading to violence, loss of self control and early death. Even fans of football who have a shred of decency are deeply disturbed by this situation, leading to a steep decline in interest in the sport.
Well, not Donald Trump. Here's a statement he made in a speech delivered during the campaign:
"At a rally in Lakeville, Florida, during the Presidential campaign, Trump aroused the crowd by insisting that the N.F.L., which has hardly gone to great lengths to protect its players, was “ruining the game” by inflicting penalties on players who, say, hit the quarterback too late. “See, we don’t go by these new and very much softer N.F.L. rules. Concussion? Oh! Oh! ‘Got a little ding in the head—no, no, you can’t play for the rest of the season.’ Our people are tough.”
"Ruining the game" by allowing these players to turn into shambling wrecks, and die far before their time.
He just doesn't give a damn about this repeated personal tragedy, inflicted on men who are supposed to be our heroes. And just to be clear about this, very largely black men. But he will endorse endless suffering rather than give up one second of the violence that he lusts to see on TV.
And let us not forget that this is not a problem of just highly paid NFL stars- significant evidence of this brain damage is turning up in former college and high school players; a price that Donald Trump is willing to pay for his own privilege to watch people damage each other beyond repair on live television.
My wife and I were saying the other day that there is not one single issue on which Trump (and most every other Republican too) cannot be expected to take the most savage, inhumane position, even when it seems to have no benefit to anyone except to slake right wingers' hatred and lust for violence.
Sad to say, this is just one example, and it will turn out to be a pretty small one too, if Trump manages to find a way to start a nuclear war. This is a truly bestial human being, and at this point, anyone who thinks differently is a fool.
This quote found via No More Mister Nice Blog, one of my favorite internet sites.