Trump needs to fo­cus on what’s im­por­tant

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS - Chris­tine Bren­nan cbren­nan@us­ato­ USA TODAY Sports

As play­ers, coaches and own­ers pre­pare for Week 4 of this highly un­usual NFL sea­son, so too does Don­ald Trump.

While the teams fi­nal­ize their game plans, Trump dreams of his next tweet­storm. While de­fenses pre­pare to tee off on op­pos­ing quar­ter­backs, Trump gets ready to tee off on, well, us — per­fect­ing that spe­cial knack he has for di­vid­ing the na­tion and wreak­ing havoc on us all.

It’s safe to say it’s well past time for Trump to stop tweet­ing and talk­ing about the NFL and start fo­cus­ing on Puerto Rico, taxes, health care and any other is­sue with which a pres­i­dent should be con­sumed.

But we know that’s not go­ing to hap­pen. Thurs­day was Day 7 of the pres­i­dent’s blis­ter­ing at­tack on the most pop­u­lar league in the coun­try, and if there’s any- thing this na­tion can agree on, it’s that we’re go­ing to have a Day 8, Day 9, Day 10 and def­i­nitely a Day 11, which will be Trump’s most glo­ri­ous tweet­ing day of all, his chance to Mon­day morn­ing quar­ter­back the pregame events of Sun­day.

If fewer NFL play­ers take a knee, lock arms or protest in other ways dur­ing the na­tional an­them this week­end than they did last week­end, Trump will de­clare to­tal vic­tory, tak­ing full credit for lead­ing the charge and sway­ing pub­lic opinion to stop them. My good­ness, the tweet­ing might never end.

Be­cause ev­ery­one knows Trump can’t wait to do this, it’s a good guess that play­ers who oth­er­wise might not have con­tin­ued to protest now will, be it on bended knee or with linked arms, just to make sure Trump can’t de­clare his own per­sonal V-E Day.

Isn’t it lovely what Trump has done to the coun­try?

On Thurs­day morn­ing, Trump launched his lat­est racially tinged broad­side: Team own­ers,

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