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Trump’s NFL crusade is from his political playbook

TIME's Alex Altman and Sean Gregory: "It was a remarkable thing for a President to devote so much energy to attacking athletes for peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights. But the spat over sports was ... a move straight from Trump's political playbook."

"[He] spotted a wedge issue that pits his rural, conservative white base against both wealthy black athletes and liberal elites who scold the NFL for everything from racist team logos to soft-pedaling the risks of head trauma."