This was preceded by a round of celebrities, musicians, and performers showing their support for the players against the president's remarks - in which he called Colin Kaepernick a "son of a bitch" for kneeling during the anthem - and Stevie Wonder taking a knee during his headlining set at Saturday's Global Citizen Festival.
As the world watched countless National Football League players and athletes take a knee in protest of police brutality, racism, and injustice, a number of celebrities and musicians also joined the movement.
WWII veteran kneels to support National Football League players
But one #TakeAKnee participant has generated more buzz than most: an elderly "Missouri farmer" who served in World War II . Many NFL players have been taking a stand against President Trump's attacks on those kneeling during the national anthem.
An Evening of Music and Unity was held on Sunday night in the wake of the clashes last month after a rally by white nationalists.
On Sunday, scores of football players around the country-and even in London-kneeled or locked arms in solidarity, as athletes like LeBron James and multiple N.F.L. team owners condemned Trump's words. The protests occurred in the music world as well, first with Stevie Wonder at the Global Citizen Festival in NY, and late Sunday Pharrell joined the fray at the Concert For Charlottesville.
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Another weak cool front will move through over the weekend, which may result in a few locations only topping out in the upper 80s. The cold front will move through Central New York with little fanfare, but the effects will be significant and immediate.
"Can't nobody tell me what to do", he said during his performance. "When I think about the potential of this country, the potential of this state, the potential of these people, the potential of this incredible, awesome university, there's only one word that I feel on the inside", he concluded before launching into, of course, "Happy". Because these protests are their own form of a pledge-of-allegiance-allegiance to the ideals that are our nation's founding principles, which many heroes have given their lives to defend. "That's the new math".
Donald Trump Calls out Colin Kaepernick and the NFL Responds
San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York, the man who last employed Kaepernick, called Trump's comments "callous and offensive" and "contradictory to what this country stands for".