This morning at 3:44 a.m., President Trump ramped up his criticism of NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, calling for them to be fired or suspended and slamming the league.
About a half hour later he claimed in another tweet that attendance at NFL games this year is down because people love our country.
Huh? It is true that attendance for the first two weeks of this season’s NFL games is down by about 8%. But I wonder if that might have anything to do with hurricanes Harvey and Irma? In fact, there were two fewer games so far this year than last year — one in Miami and one in Tampa Bay — because of Hurricane Irma.
Plus, with many homes without electricity in the immediate aftermath of those horrific hurricanes, is it any wonder that attendance and viewership are down?
But don’t be caught up in this Trump-manufactured controversy. It’s just a way to divert attention from the Russia scandal, from the latest attempt by the Senate to get rid of healthcare benefits for millions of Americans, and from the inexplicable way Trump is provoking a nuclear-capable North Korea and its dear leader, Kim Jong-un.
Don’t let yourself be drawn into these trumped-up distractions and diversions. Stay focused on what really matters.