Mnuchin Says Free Speech Should Be Done In NFL Players’ ‘Own Time’

Many have called Hollywood movie producer and former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin to step down from his post as U.S. Treasury Secretary and disavow his connection to President Donald Trump and his administration.

However, Mnuchin has ended up doing the opposite, digging in further to defend President Trump and his bigoted words and actions. When pressed for a reaction to NFL players protesting racism, as well as Trump’s ugly response to it, Steve backed up his friend Donald by commenting that professional athletes should “do free speech on their own time.”

Secretary Mnuchin, who has a personal fortune estimated at $300 million, appeared on ABC’s This Week program and host Martha Raddatz decided to pick his brain on the hot-button issue of player protests. Mnuchin did not disappoint, replying in classic Trump administration spin doctor fashion, “It’s not about free speech. They can do free speech on their own time. That this is about respect for the military, and the first responders, and the country.” Steve doubled down further by telling Martha that he agreed with what President Trump then tweeted about his desire to see the NFL and team owners dismiss players who kneel during the anthem. Said Mnuchin, “The NFL has all different types of rules,” and equated players protesting the murder of innocent black men by police to players not dressing correctly for the field. Explained Steve, “You can’t have stickers on your helmets. You have to have your jerseys tucked in.” He added, “I think what the president is saying is that the owner should have a rule that the players should have to stand and [show] respect for the national anthem.”

Raddatz also inquired about President Trump’s choice of words in his Alabama rally speech where he told the crowd, “That’s a total disrespect of everything we stand for. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired?’” When Martha asked Munchin how he felt about the president calling Colin Kaepernick and other football players “sons of bitches,” Steve replied, seemingly unaware of the hypocrisy of his statement, “I think the president can use whatever language he wants to use.” Do you think Steve Mnuchin is just as much of a bigot as Trump?