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Donald Trump takes time out of his busy "war threat" schedule to whine about football

(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Never let it be said that the current President Of The United States isn’t an equal opportunity complainer. After spending the day kvetching about foreign leaders, election opponents, and social media, Trump made sure to devote a surprisingly heavy chunk of his time at a campaign rally tonight—otherwise earmarked for chants of “Lock her up” and poking at nuclear powers—to complaining about football, too.

This is per Deadspin, which noted Trump’s fascination with the “son-of-a-bitches” who “disrespect the flag” via the violent, radical practice of taking a knee during the National Anthem. But Trump’s problems with the state of the game extended beyond ham-fisted attempts to force a “You’re fired” or three into every public speech; he also waxed nostalgic for the good old days, when people could execute a “beautiful,” brain-smashing, lifetime-of-consequences tackle without the officials getting into a huff. “I watched for a couple of minutes,” Trump said, recounting a recent game he dipped into. “Two guys, just really, beautiful tackle,” Trump said, bringing his tiny hands together by way of demonstration. “Boom, 15 yards [penalty]…They’re ruining the game.” (And, to be fair, if there’s anybody who knows anything about personally ruining a football league, it’s Donald Trump.)


Don’t worry, though; all this fun sports-and-concussion talk didn’t distract the president from also implying yet again that he might declare war on North Korea, even busting back out his beloved “Rocket Man” line in references to Kim Jong-un. But that’s the thing about Donald Trump: He’s an experienced multi-tasker, capable of being dangerously wrong on as many fronts at once as his people need him to be.

[Deadspin, like The A.V. Club, is owned by Univision Communications.]

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