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Donald Trump and the Depressing Politicization of Everything

One reason the president cannot resist commenting on every issue in American life is that he seemingly cannot stand the actual work of American politics.
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In a flurry of comments historically unsuited to any head of state, yet hardly shocking for the current American president, Donald Trump this weekend targeted the two most popular sports in the country and elicited sharp criticism from some of their most important figures.

On Friday, Trump encouraged franchise owners in the National Football League to fire players who protest during the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch at an Alabama rally.

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