Since 9/11, sports and the military have become increasingly fused in this country.
Snatching immigrant babies may have scored some points for the president with his base, but it was never going to light up the scoreboard like tackling black jocks.
Principled positions taken at great risk, such as that of NFL player Colin Kaepernick in solidarity with people of color, are often how movements are born.
Pro football players didn't appear on the field for the national anthem until 2009, when the Defense Department's "paid patriotism" began.
The president's recent tweetstorm was intended to gain him popularity with white supremacists and covert racists on the right of the Republican Party.