Trump’s attempt to sing the National Anthem at the College Football Championship game was strictly a political move to appeal to his base. He has ignored the players’ purpose for the protests – concerns about rational injustice. He has warped it into making it look like the players are disrespecting the military which is not true. His actions serve two purposes. It’s an appeal to the white supremacist part of his base and it enables him to ignore the real issues (which also appeals to his base).
This column describes out the long history of whites objecting to protests by African-Americans.
This column, by former NFL player Anquan Boldin, discusses the real reasons for the protests.