Limbaugh: Trump's NFL Remarks 'Starting to Make Me Nervous'
Conservative talk-show host says he's 'very uncomfortable' with how president is acting
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2017 8:21 AM CDT
This May 14, 2012, file photo shows conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh.   (AP Photo/Julie Smith, File)

(Newser) – For the past few weeks, President Trump has been firing off tweets pressuring NFL athletes to stand during the national anthem—and for the NFL to make them do so—with his most recent post Wednesday claiming (falsely) that Commissioner Roger Goodell was "finally demanding" all players stand. There's one surprising person who's unsettled by Trump's remarks: conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh. "There's a part of this story that's starting to make me nervous, and it's this: I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior and power of anybody," Limbaugh said Wednesday on his talk show. "That's not where this should be coming from." Limbaugh also said he understood the reason for Trump's tweetstorms, and that the president had "pure" intentions and was "in the right" on the subject of standing during the national anthem.

But, per USA Today, Limbaugh added that Trump—or any president—shouldn't wield "dictatorial power over individual behavior" and make businesses comply to his or her demands on how their employees should act. He added he didn't find it "useful or helpful for any employee anywhere to be forced to do something because the government says they must. That scares [the] hell out of me. … We don't want the president being able to demand anybody that he's unhappy with behave in a way he requires." Still, Limbaugh chalks the NFL's reaction to it all as a "win" for Trump, citing the fact that Goodell sent a memo to all 32 teams saying he thinks everyone "should stand" and that the league is working on a plan to "promote positive change in this country" and "move past this controversy." "I'm not so sure that if Trump had not applied pressure, that they would have changed," Limbaugh noted.

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