Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan Calls President Donald Trump The ‘Great Divider’
Shad Khan, who donated $1 million to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, discussed the president and his rhetoric on Thursday and referred to him as ‘the great divider.’
The Jacksonville Jaguars owner criticized the way Trump is politicizing player protests during the national anthem, which initially began with Colin Kaepernick’s response to police brutality and racism in America, but has now turned into many doing it because Trump called them out and stating how ‘unpatriotic’ it is.
Despite the many players verbally stating on numerous occasions that their protest has nothing to do with disrespecting the flag or the military and are basically using their platforms t speak on social injustices around the country, the protest of inequality and oppression continues to be skewed into something that it is not.
“I had heard from a lot of the players what their feelings were, how offended they were (by Trump’s comments) and what they were going to do and my concern was that they don’t do anything to hurt themselves,” Khan said, according to Zoe Galland of Chicago Business. “We wanted to do something as a team, because a team divided against itself cannot stand.”
“You have to give Trump credit, people are confused on the First Amendment versus patriotism, that if you exercise your First Amendment you’re not a patriot, which is crazy,” Khan said Thursday at an executive conference for Crain’s Who’s Who in Chicago Business. “People are confused on it, [Trump] knew he could hit on it and take advantage. I think what we’re seeing is the great divider overcoming the great uniter.”
Khan also pointed out how calculated Trump is by hitting on certain topics to distract from real issues going on in America.
“A lot of the stuff like football (that) Trump does is highly calculated—he looks for issues that you can touch and it will blow people up,” said Khan.