NAACP calls for anti-Trump protest at College Football Championship

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

The president then put his hand over his heart and sang along to a few words of the "Star-Spangled Banner" but stayed silent at other times of the anthem.

In recent months, Trump has repeatedly criticized professional football players in the NFL for kneeling during the anthem to protest racial injustice.

The NAACP Atlanta branch urged people to wear white and wave white towels when the president enters or is mentioned.

For hours earlier Monday, as light rain fell off and on, there had been no anti-Trump protesters in sight.

The NAACP said it plans to lead a protest against President Donald Trump in Atlanta outside Monday's college football national championship game, which Trump is expected to attend. Another group says demonstrators will "take a knee" before the big football game.

USA TODAY confirmed last week that Trump plans to attend Monday night's game as a guest of Nick and Jamie Ayers; Nick Ayers is Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff. Trump also attended the Army-Navy football game in 2016, after he was elected but before he was inaugurated as president.

Atlanta police have said they will set up several designated areas for protesters and won't interfere with demonstrations.

Asked last week if he was concerned about potential roof leaks in the event of rain, College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said: "We have been told the roof is in great shape, and we're not anxious one bit about that".

Another group, Refuse Fascism ATL, said it was planning a demonstration outside CNN's world headquarters near the stadium. "Trump supporters mockingly call the opposition snowflakes, but when we come together we create a mighty storm".

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