One of the most horrifyingly violent NFL playoff games in a very long time was played over the weekend between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals. Republican pole sitter Donald Trump feels that the violence wasn’t horrific enough, though. During a speech at a Reno campaign event on Sunday, Trump said the fact that some of the players who made extremely vicious hits in Sunday night’s game were penalized for those hits is further evidence that the country is no longer great again.
“Football has become soft like our country has become soft,” the man, who is very gifted at getting attention, said. “The outcome of games have been changed by what used to be phenomenal, phenomenal stuff.”
It sounded as though Trump was referring to Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict flying shoulder-first into Antonio Brown’s skull pan, which resulted in a pair of penalties that allowed the Steelers to kick the game winning field goal. Here is video of the stuff in question, along with Brown lying on the ground concussed.
Trump went onto say that he doesn’t even watch the NFL anyways. Overall the NFL rant did not seem to connect with the crowd, except for a line about how flags exist to impress the wives of referees. “The referees, they want to all throw flags so their wife sees them at home,” he said. “‘Oh, there’s my husband. He just gave a 15-yard penalty on one of the most beautiful tackles made this year.’ It’s boring."
Trump made the exact same argument about the league being “soft” back in 2014 after a failed bid to purchase the Buffalo Bills.
The @nfl games are so boring now that actually, I’m glad I didn’t get the Bills. Boring games, too many flags, too soft!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2014
He also famously owned the New Jersey Generals in the USFL and has been widely credited with essentially destroying that fledgling league by pressing for an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL that ended in disaster for the smaller organization. Donald Trump: Good for football, good for America.