So it would make sense that Trump Jr. took it as a victory when the National Football League announced the change Wednesday that requires players on the field to stand for the anthem and, more vaguely, "show respect" for the anthem and flag.
He continued: "If anyone is on the field and is disrespectful to the anthem or the flag, there will be a fine from the league against the team".
New York Jets chairman Christopher Johnson said he supported the measure out of obligation to the membership, but said players can take a knee or perform another type of protest without fear of repercussion from the team.
"I do not like imposing any club-specific rules", Johnson said. That gesture was in response to the debate President Donald Trump ignited when he said the National Football League should fire any player who takes a knee during the anthem.
Antonio Sabato Jr, a former soap star and model who is running as a Republican for a congressional seat in California, said it was "sad" the league had to have a policy to ensure players stood for the anthem. Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. While individual teams are free to work out their own rules for their staff, they are required to be "consistent with the above principles", and this might include fines.
The Canadian Football League plans no change in policy where the anthem is concerned, pointing to a statement released previous year by commissioner Randy Ambrosie and saying the same "holds true today". This is not and was never the case. "I think we've come out at a place that we as a group and the league are comfortable with".
US President Donald Trump has been a strong critic of the national anthem protests, often accusing players who take part as unpatriotic.
"It's important that we discuss today's developments with our players, and I'm looking forward to speaking with them as soon as possible".
Many fans criticized the players' plan, and all Steelers players stood on the field during the anthem for the remainder of the season.
This isn't the first time Johnson has been vocal regarding the protests during the anthem.
The 49ers employed two of the most prominent players who have used the anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality: quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid. "They should be able to stand there and put their beliefs out there for everyone to see".
"I can't speak to how other people run their teams, but I just think that trying to forcibly get the players to shut up is a fantastically bad idea", he told reporters in March.
Eva Bledsoe agreed with the new policy but said, "I don't know if it's too late".