President Donald Trump launches petition against ESPN's 'spineless' national anthem policy

With just weeks to go before the NFL’s regular season, President Donald Trump once again has the national anthem on his mind. Trump started a petition urging people to denounce ESPN’s “spineless” national anthem policy.

President Donald Trump starts petition against ESPN national anthem policy

Trump sent out the petition Wednesday in an email. It reads:

“Friend,

Just after we heard a sitting governor trash America, ESPN has now decided it will no longer play the National Anthem before Monday Night Football.

If “America” is too offensive for anyone in our country, then what are they doing in America?

I’m calling on you to join me in denouncing this SPINELESS surrender to the politically correct liberal mob.

I was the first person to sign this petition. Now I need you to follow me lead and be the second.”

Under the message, the email contains an area where people can sign their name to the petition.

Is ESPN no longer playing the national anthem before Monday Night Football?

ESPN is returning to an old company policy and not televising the national anthem before NFL games are played during the upcoming season. The network showed the national anthem three times last season.

ESPN isn’t the only channel that won’t air the national anthem before NFL games

Other networks have decided to adopt a similar policy this season, according to USA Today. Fox Sports has reportedly decided to only air the national anthem during special broadcasts — like Veterans Day. NBC Sports said the network hadn’t finalized any plans yet.

A CBS Sports spokesperson told USA Today that the network has no plans to air the anthem before broadcasts. That’s not a new policy for them, however. CBS Sports has not aired the national anthem in past years.

President Donald Trump continues crusade against ESPN and the NFL about the national anthem

This is far from the first time Trump has taken on ESPN or the NFL. He’s made players kneeling during the national anthem a major talking point, and has critical of both players and NFL executives.

ESPN has also been a frequent target for Trump. He feuded with network personality Jemele Hill, and has taken shots at ESPN on Twitter.

Related: See Trump at sporting events through the years: 

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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Real estate magnate Donald Trump and girlfriend, model Melania Knauss, take in game between the New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies at Shea Stadium. (Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31: Donald Trump sits courtside at the New Jersey Nets and the Chicago Bulls game at the Izod Center on October 31, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the term and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 13: Donald Trump meets with Tusgeegee Airmen when he attends the New England Patriots Vs New York Jets game at the MetLife Stadium on November 13, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26: Donald Trump attends the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns NBA playoff game on April 26, 2007 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images).
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 2000: Sammy Sosa #21 of the Chicago Cubs talking to Donald Trump in the dugout prior to a game against the Chicago White Sox in July 2000 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 18: Donald Trump waves to the crowd before throwing out the first pitch to benefit the Jimmy Fund at Fenway Park in Boston on Aug. 18, 2006. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 5, 1991: Actor Elliott Gould, left, is seen next to Donald Trump and Marla Maples at courtside during the New York Knicks game against the Phoenix Suns on March 5, 1991 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1991 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 08: Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump share a kiss during a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets on July 8, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Dodgers 5-4. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 04: Donald Trump and wife Melania, who's expecting their first child, attend a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. The Wizards won, 86-75. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Donald Trump flashes a victory sign as the New York Mets play the Boston Red Sox at Shea Stadium. Despite the encouragement, the Mets lost to the Red Sox, 3-1. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: TV personality Donald Trump, wearing red tie, attends a basketball game between the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks on March 26, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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