The most controversial issue in the US is definitely not Iran. It’s actually a matter that’s related to sports and human rights and it got embroiled into a debate on patriotism, creating wide social and political divisions, after President Donald Trump tweeted about it.
American football players decided to show their rejection of racial discrimination against African-Americans by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Trump viewed this as an insult to the US, to the flag and to the soldiers who scarified their lives for it. He then acted like a company director and proposed to the National Football League (NFL) to punish these errant players calling for their suspension and firing them if they repeat this behavior.
If you are confused about Trump’s populist character, then this is the perfect example to gain insights into it. He chose to get involved in the most important sport, defy the most famous players and manipulate national feelings and the symbolism of the American flag.
However, the international Trump is very different from the populist Trump. It’s important to know the difference between the two characters in order to understand the American administration’s approach abroad and evaluate it properly without being deceived by the domestic campaign launched against the president.Mamdouh AlMuhaini