08:11 GMT14 May 2021
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    The president's seemingly inoffensive remarks, made ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl LIII, brought out visceral hate on social media from his detractors, passionate defence from his supporters, and confused quiet from those on the sidelines.

    In a Sunday interview, President Trump told CBS Face the Nation Host Margaret Brennan that he probably wouldn't want his 12-year-old son Barron to play football.

    "I just don't like the reports that I see coming out having to do with football…I mean, it's a dangerous sport and I think it's really tough," Trump said.

    "I think the NFL is a great product, but I really think that as far as my son – well I've heard NFL players saying they wouldn't let their sons play football. So it's not totally unique, but I would have a hard time with it," the president added.

    According to Trump Barron quite enjoys soccer, which he said was "moving forward rapidly" in the US.

    The remarks instantly brought out the trolls, jokers and partisan hacks on both sides, with Twitter users instantly recalling seemingly everything the president has ever said on the subject of football, including the national anthem kneeling scandal which rocked the NFL as players protested police brutality and racism.

    Some users also recalled Trump's bone spurs, which allowed the president to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, suggesting Barron may have inherited the condition.

    Others accused the CBS journalist of asking ridiculous questions, attacked Trump critics for going after a child, or praised the president for the concern he showed for his kid.

    Super Bowl LIII is set to kick off at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, with two-time defending American Football Conference champions the New England Patriots taking on National Football Conference champions the Los Angeles Rams.


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