At Sunday’s game in Mexico City, Lynch chose to sit during the National Anthem, but stood during the playing of the Mexican anthem. The display caught the attention of Trump, who for weeks has called out NFL players for sitting during the anthem, while also criticizing owners for not suspending them.
Trump tweeted earlier Monday morning that Lynch should be suspended for his actions.
Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsSchaaf, who like Lynch, was born and raised in Oakland, lashed out at the President, saying he should be suspended, instead.
Lynch’s altruistic endeavors in Oakland are well-known to residents in the East Bay. After attending Oakland Tech, Lynch made his name as a star running back at Cal. After winning a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks, he signed with the Raiders following a one-year retirement.
The opportunity for Schaaf to burnish her progressive credentials to Oakland voters with tough talk against Trump has afforded itself in the past. During the presidential campaign Trump referred to Oakland as one of the most dangerous places in America. The comment led Schaaf to tweet, “Let me be clear… the most dangerous place in America is Donald Trump’s mouth.”
Furthermore, Schaaf used specific anti-Trump language last April when announcing her re-election campaign for next year. Schaaf’s chances for another four years is viewed as highly likely. Former Oakland Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente is currently most known candidate eyeing a challenge next fall.