Trump’s Bullying Tactics vs. Saints QB Drew Brees Might “Backfire” With Who Dat Fans

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The “bully pulpit.” In the world of politics, the term “bully pulpit” is defined as a public platform for the current American President in power, to use the notoriety and prestige of his office to promote or advocate an agenda.

However, in his most recent comments regarding New Orleans Saints starting QB Drew Brees, President Donald J. Trump‘s latest effort to shame or discredit the team’s living legend is very likely to “backfire” — and potentially even blow up right in his face — especially among those Who Dat fans who remain loyally-devoted to the team’s greatest player of all-time in the franchise’s entire 53-year history.

For those of you that might have missed it. The nation’s 45th President during an interview yesterday afternoon with his son, Donald Trump, Jr., on the Team Trump YouTube page, said that Brees’ original comments from 2 weeks ago about the respect for the American flag (which Brees eventually had to go back and clarify to his supporters throughout Social Media), was a “beautiful statement.”

The 41-year old Brees, in that original interview with Yahoo! Finance, spoke of how both of his grandfathers had each served respectively in the Army and the Marine Corps in World War II.

But Trump believes that the Saints starting QB and the franchise’s greatest player of all-time “sold out” his true beliefs, to appease his teammates of African-American heritage as a way to support their efforts in the current “Black Lives Matter” protest movement, that seeks to put an end to systemic racism in the American criminal justice system.

“Proud of the flag. Proud of the country. Proud of everything,” Trump said. “Talked about his father and his grandfather serving and then the following day, was almost like ‘I take it back.’ ”

“I was shocked, because I consider him a great football player, but I consider him a champion and a star and I didn’t understand what was going on, and he took it back and I’ve never seen anything like it and I think he hurt himself very badly,” Trump said.

“I was going to put out that he’ll regret that in the future years because you stand for the flag. You have to stand for the flag and our anthem. The national anthem. You have to stand. I think the NFL’s gonna have a lot of problems if they don’t.”

Trump then went on to say what he REALLY wanted everyone to know, which is that although that he does think and feel that Brees is indeed a “warrior”, he still believes that the Saints QB  “caved under the pressure.”

“A lot of warriors, they cave under PR pressure because his manager said, ‘Oh this isn’t right,’ and his teammates said ‘This isn’t right’ and all of a sudden he’s out there disclaiming about the flag and the country,” Trump said. “I don’t believe he believes his second statement. By the way, he may believe it, but what he should be doing is not talking about the second, he should have stuck with his first.”

The “pressure” that Trump feels that Brees is guilty of succumbing to, were the collective views within the past few weeks, of several of his Black teammates and personal friends on the Saints roster.

Those friends and teammates of Brees includes wide receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, running back Alvin Kamara, defensive end Cam Jordan, safety Malcom Jenkins, linebacker Demario Davis, offensive tackle Terron Armstead, and retired legendary Saints WR / former teammate Marques Colston; among others.

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Not long after Brees’ initial comments caused an uproar among his teammates as well as fans of African-American heritage and persons-of-color, the very next day a previously-scheduled “team only” meeting was held via Zoom teleconference, an event in which those with inside knowledge of the situation reported that Brees — in a very emotional and sincere (but honestly frank) discussion with those same teammates expressed his remorse to those who had been hurt emotionally by his initial comments to Yahoo!

Brees then gave his commitment to put his full support behind his teammates’ efforts towards achieving social justice and equality for all.

However, an unfortunate circumstance of his initial comments was that it led some supporters of the “Black Lives Matter” movement to allegedly make threats to Brees and his family, according to Brees’ wife Brittany. who revealed in an Instagram post that she was standing behind her husband’s efforts to live and learn from the entire experience; while moving forward and leaving behind any lingering discourse that had occurred from the entire situation.

Not long after those details of that private team meeting slowly trickled out to the media, Trump took to Twitter and made his feelings well-known about Brees’ apparent “back tracking” from his original stance on the protests.

This isn’t the first time that Trump has made his personal feelings about important social issues such as race-relations and the show of respect for the American flag (and the notable act of “kneeling” during the playing of the National Anthem before NFL games by players such as former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick) very clear to his supporters and devoted followers on Social Media.

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Two weeks ago on Twitter back on June 5th, Trump said that Brees never should have apologized for his previous comments when he said “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” during that now-infamous interview from two days earlier.

Trump said at that time that he was a “big fan” of Brees, but added that the quarterback “should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high.

“We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!”

Shortly thereafter, Brees then decided to “push back” on Trump’s observations, and then went on to respond personally in kind, to Trump’s message via a post on his Instagram account. Brees then explained to Trump in great detail that he’s learned from his mistakes and that the issue should not be focused on the American flag.

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“Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the black community, I realize this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been. We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities.

“We did this back in 2017, and regretfully I brought it back with my comments this week. We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial & prison reform. We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history! If not now, then when?”


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To @realdonaldtrump Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the black community, I realize this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been. We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities. We did this back in 2017, and regretfully I brought it back with my comments this week. We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial & prison reform. We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history! If not now, then when? We as a white community need to listen and learn from the pain and suffering of our black communities. We must acknowledge the problems, identify the solutions, and then put this into action. The black community cannot do it alone. This will require all of us.

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As of the time of this article being published this morning, Brees has yet to comment on Trump’s latest criticism of his character, and very likely is hoping to avoid any further controversy besides what’s already taken place and transpired within the past several days.

Believe this much: not every Saints fan or loyally-devoted Who Dat agrees with Brees with regard to his recently-revised stance on the “Black Lives Matter” movement — and there are a sizable portion of fans that actually agree whole-heartedly with Trump — because they honestly feel that Brees capitulated or “gave into the pressure” of the current social reform efforts that have been championed and supported by his Black teammates.

Unfortunately however, many of those same portion of Saints fans have sadly taken to making a handful of offensive comments to Brees on Social Media, particularly on the comments and replies of this Tweet shown right below by Brees from earlier in the week.

Many of those Saints fans decided to make hurtful or insensitive comments towards Brees — and they were absolutely inappropriate given the tone and language in which they were delivered — several of which were composed with a blatant lack of courtesy, respect, decency or class.

No matter where you might stand in regard to your own personal political views, the United States is currently undergoing both a cultural and social revolution, that very likely will ultimately change the manner in which we as a nation live and function as a society, forever.

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You can definitely believe this much, which is that the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the lingering issue of systemic racism is not going to simply just “go away”, as Trump and those who are loyal to him are hoping that it will.

However, Trump’s comments yesterday are merely just another prime example of just how quickly he has a habit of TURNING AGAINST his own friends or past supporters, who dare to disagree with him essentially about anything.

And that’s not only those whom he believes have betrayed his trust in the political world, but it obviously extends to his notable admiration for entertainment celebrities or professional athletes / sports stars such as Drew Brees.

That actually also at times has included his very own personal friends and at times even family members, all of whom are within his “inner-circle” behind closed doors.

Many Saints fans will very likely recall that it was only just a few short months ago at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, when Trump and Brees were pictured together in one of the posh and luxurious private suites on the stadium’s upper-level, during the LSU Football team’s National Championship title victory over Clemson University.

Apparently the friendship between Trump and Brees is now presumably over with, given all that has taken place between the two men since these most-recent events first originally began over 2 weeks ago.

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One thing that will be interesting to observe from this point forward, is just exactly how many Saints fans will choose between their loyalty to Trump, as opposed to their loyalty for Brees and the entire New Orleans Saints franchise itself.

While many Who Dat fans will remain fully committed to supporting Trump and plan on voting for him to get re-elected on Election Day (November 3rd), there are still A LOT more Who Dat fans out there who don’t ever allow their political views to interfere with their unrelenting love and loyal devotion for all things that pertain to the Saints franchise, the fleur-de-lis, and the colors of Black and Gold.

Which means of course that while President Trump may feel comfortable with further criticizing Drew Brees for what he thinks was “caving in to pressure”, he might want to tread a bit more carefully heading into the future.

That’s because Trump’s use of the ‘bully pulpit’ to actually become a bully against those who disagree with him might “backfire” — especially with Who Dats that actually care MUCH MORE about the city of New Orleans, Drew Brees, and the Saints franchise — than they will ever do with him….

Barry Hirstius is a semi-retired journalist, who has worked previously as a sports editor and columnist. Barry is a New Orleans native who grew up as a fan of the Saints while attending their games as a young boy during the early 1970’s, uptown at the old Tulane Stadium. He is also the proud Grandfather of two beautiful young girls, Jasmine and Serenity. Follow him on Twitter: @BarryHirstius

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