Trump, speaking on Fox & Friends, said he thinks the NFL owners “did the right thing” with the new policy — which will require players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room until it’s over.
“I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good,” Trump said. “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem.”
"You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem. You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe they shouldn't be in the country...the NFL owners did the right thing" -President @realDonaldTrumppic.twitter.com/bt36t4EX5u
Baldwin, who said he thinks “the NFL really missed it this time” with the new policy, spoke to reporters on Thursday about Trump’s comments — specifically the part where Trump suggested players who do not stand for the national anthem should be deported.
“But for him to say that anybody who doesn’t follow viewpoints or his constituents’ viewpoints should be kicked out of the country, it’s not very empathetic. It’s not very American-like actually to me. It’s not very patriotic, it’s not what this country was founded upon. It’s kind of ironic to me that the president of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on.”
Baldwin has supported players taking a knee during the national anthem since it first started, and has consistently worked to help bring attention to and fix the issues in the United States that are at the root of the protests.
PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 23: Doug Baldwin #89 of the Stanford Cardinal plays in a rainy Pac-12 NCAA football game against the Washington State Cougars on October 23, 2010 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Doug Baldwin #89, wide receiver for the Stanford Cardinal, scores a touchdown during a PAC-12 NCAA football game against the University of California Golden Bears played on November 20, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California. The game was the 113th Big Game in the rivalry. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
RENTON, WA- CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
SEATTLE - AUGUST 20: Doug Baldwin #15 of the Seattle Seahawks returns a kick against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on August 20, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Vikings won 20-7. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Doug Baldwin #15 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a diving catch during their season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 11, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks Mike Morgan #57 warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins on November 25, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Seahawks 24-21. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 08: Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks during warm up before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 03: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with tight end Zach Miller #86 after scoring a touchdown to tie the game at 24-24 in the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field on November 3, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Buccaneers 27-24 in overtime. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 15: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks in action against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 15, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seahawks defeated the Giants 23-0. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after the Seahawks 23-17 victory against the San Francisco 49ers uring the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 16: Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball in the third quarter of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Seahawks 24-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 5: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks runs on to the field during player introduction before a football game against the Detroit Lions at CenturyLink Field on October 5, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 13-10. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17: Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 30: Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after losing to the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 30, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans won the game 25-20. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 09: Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 9, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - MAY 03: Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks speaks at Key Arena on May 3, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/WireImage)
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He even posed the question last year wondering why players are being criticized so harshly for taking a knee during the anthem when he sees “people that are drunk with their hats still on, yelling” during the anthem.
Baldwin said Thursday that Trump’s comments and the NFL’s new policy is only going to be more divisive, and doesn’t come close to fixing the issue. As for his and his fellow Seahawks teammates’ next move, though, Baldwin isn’t sure.
“We’re still processing it, to be honest with you,” Baldwin said. “It’s a little traumatizing, so it’s going to take us a while to process it.”