President Trump (Photo: Twitter)

President Trump (Photo: Twitter)

As some NFL players continue to protest racial injustice by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, radio giant Rush Limbaugh is sounding the alarm about President Trump’s involvement in the controversy, saying it “scares the hell out of” him.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted a message concerning the NFL commissioner’s demand that players stand for the anthem, stating: “It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”

That came on the heels of a Monday tweet, where Trump noted: “A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag. “Stand for Anthem or sit for game!”

Wednesday night, Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the NFL should have suspended quarterback Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the anthem.

“The NFL should have suspended him for one game and he would have never done it again,” Trump said in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “They could have then suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him again if he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a problem.”

Limbaugh says Trump’s entrance into the fray is beginning to make him “nervous.”

“I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior of anybody. That’s not where this should be coming from,” Limbaugh said on his national broadcast Wednesday.

“Trump is continually tweeting, and I know what he’s doing and I understand why he’s doing it, and his motives are pure. Don’t misunderstand. But I don’t think that it is useful or helpful for anybody employee anywhere to be be forced to do something because the government says they must. That scares the hell out of me. This should come from the league, as it looks like Goodell wants it to. The owners should be demanding this, not the president. The commissioner should be demanding this, not the president.

“We don’t want the president being able to demand anybody that he’s unhappy with behave in a way he requires. That’s scary to me, even if the president is somebody I happen to like.”

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Limbaugh explained this is a “workplace issue,” and it’s the owners and the league that let the situation get out of hand because they didn’t know how to deal with it or were afraid to.

“If this gonna be made to work,” he said, “the players are gonna have to be told who the boss is, and they’re gonna have to be given specific workplace rules and regulations that they know have nothing to do with the Constitution, the First Amendment, freedom speech.”

Rush Limbaugh enjoys a cigar during his 29th anniversary show Aug. 1, 2017

Rush Limbaugh enjoys a cigar during his 29th anniversary show Aug. 1, 2017

“If you want to work for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you are gonna stand for the anthem. If you want to work for the Dallas Cowboys, you’re gonna stand for the anthem. But I’m really nervous if all that happens because the president makes it happen. He can make it by forcing the owners, but this is a slippery slope to me. It hit me a while ago and crystallized last night.”

Limbaugh stressed that Trump’s view that players should stand for the anthem was completely correct, “but no president should have dictatorial power over individual behavior. The president should not be able to tell the owners of a business how their employees are gonna act and what they’re gonna swear allegiance to and all that. That’s up to the owners to do.

Some players for the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the national anthem on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2017 (NBC screenshot)

Some players for the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the national anthem on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2017 (NBC screenshot)

“And it’s up to the owners to come up with a system of punishment if their employees violate company policy, like it is in any other business. They don’t own the stage. They don’t have a right to it. Theirs is a privilege just like every employee’s is. You don’t own where you work, unless you do. You’re always subject to the rules, guidelines and wishes of the people who do own your business. The NFL should be no different. But when the NFL misjudges its audience and doesn’t know who its audience is and the NFL is afraid of its players, then the inmates start running the asylum and that’s when the president does stand up because what he says about this is absolutely right on the money. But it ought not be a presidential dictate. It ought not be why all of a sudden people start snapping to and behaving accordingly.”

Limbaugh explained that Trump is fearless about expressing his opinions on Twitter because he has the support of 63 million Americans who voted for him.

On Sunday, as WND reported, Vice President Mike Pence made a high-profile departure from an NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers when some 49er players kneeled during the national anthem.

Meanwhile, additional tweets by Trump on Wednesday may have some wondering about the president’s use of power.

Trump openly threatened to go after the licenses of “NBC and the Networks,” as he geared his complaints about “Fake News.”

“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” Trump tweeted.

The comment came after Trump questioned the accuracy of an NBC News report that said he sought a “nearly tenfold increase” in the nuclear arsenal during a summer meeting.

“Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a ‘tenfold’ increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC=CNN!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

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