Vice President Pence and his wife, Karen, stand during the playing of the national anthem before an National Football League game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 8 in Indianapolis.
Despite post-election surveys that tell a different story, many Trump supporters say their decision to back the president was not because of “cultural anxiety” — disappointment with societal changes in the areas of race, gender and sexual orientation.
Instead, they claim that “economic anxiety” — a concern that “out-of-control” government spending is hampering the ability to enjoy economic prosperity — is what led them to get on the Trump train.
“Upon due consideration, it is hereby ordered that the Appellant’s motion for an injunction pending appeal is denied because the Appellant has failed to meet the requisite standard,” the court wrote in its order.
The appeals court judges did rule that Elliott’s appeal of the injunction decision will be heard on an expedited basis; that appeal is scheduled to be heard Dec. 1. But they rejected the NFLPA’s argument that Elliott would suffer irreparable harm if forced to sit out games while the case proceeds in court.
The challenge for the NFL’s owners remains finding a compromise that pleases fans and players alike rather than issuing a mandate as they consider whether to alter the game-day guidelines that say players “should” stand for the anthem to something stronger.
Six active members of the team, along with one inactive, took a knee at Washington’s FedEx Field in their first appearance since their display last week prompted Vice President Pence to walk out of the game in Indianapolis.
Elsewhere across the nation, a small number of players in the 1 p.m. EDT games took a knee and in Minneapolis, the Green Bay Packers chose to continue to stand, with players linking arms, before the game against the Vikings. TV networks continue to cut away to commercials before the anthem, as was their practice on regular-season games before the whole controversy arose.