The NFL and Politics

Sep 28, 2017

When President Trump feuds with superstar athletes, what does the reaction reveal about our country’s deep political divisions? On this politics day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by political analysts Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Donna Hoffman of the University of Northern Iowa.

In light of NFL players protesting during the playing of the national anthem, Goldford says that there is a complicated relationship with free speech.

"You could say that Americans are equally shocked at hearing the principals of the American constitutional order criticized and seeing them practiced. A lot of Americans will speak very piously about our constitutional rights, right up to the point at which somebody actually begins to exercise those constitutional rights," Goldford says.

The discussion also covers what Alabama's Senate primary means for mainstream Republicans, the latest failure of Obamacare overhaul, the GOP's new plan for tax cuts, a new report that White House officials used private emails for their government duties, and the escalating war of words with North Korea.