CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - President Donald Trump is not relenting against NFL athletes who took a knee during the national anthem at Thursday's preseason games.
The president fired off a series of tweets alleging that the anthem protesters do not even know why they are kneeling.
President Trump continues to stand firm on a stance he took last season, reiterating his feeling towards how players should be punished for taking a knee during the national anthem.
Several players from Thursday's games took a knee, raised a fist, or remained off field during the national anthem.
The players who demonstrate before games say they are following in former quarterback Colin Kaepernick's steps, who started the movement in 2016 as a form of protest against racial and social injustices.
The NFL shelved its recent policy towards the national anthem after backlash from players and team owners this offseason, which stated that players must stand for the anthem or remain in the locker room.