President Donald Trump spoke at a rally for Sen. Luther Strange on Friday night in Huntsville, Alabama, with Strange set to face Roy Moore in a Republican primary on Tuesday.
One of the topics that came up in Trump’s speech was NFL players protesting during the national anthem.
Trump said, “Wouldn’t you like to see one of these 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!'”
Trump then went on to blame the protests, the attention on himself, and too many penalties called on hard hits for the NFL television ratings being down:
The President said that those in attendance at NFL games should “leave the stadium” and that he guarantees “things will stop (after people leave the stadium).”
Here’s a full transcript of Trump’s comments:
Trump's comments in Alabama tonight on the NFL's rule changes and ongoing anthem protests. pic.twitter.com/yEUumh31pq
— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) September 23, 2017