Currently in the US, Kneeling protests during the national anthem at NFL games have caused a tremendous controversy.
The President has been highly critical of the players on these teams who choose to kneel, and has lashed out at them and at the NFL repeatedly for allowing these protests.
Over the past several weeks he has encouraged a boycott of the NFL:
"If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!" - Donald J. Trump
He has demanded the NFL change their rules and regulations to ban the protests:
The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem! - Donald J. Trump
and most recently has threatened that his tax reforms will hurt the NFL because they have allowed the protests to continue:
"Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!" - Donald J. Trump
Quotes pulled directly from Trump's twitter account.
These statements seem to be pretty clearly in violation of this law:
18 U.S. Code § 227 - Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch
(a) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity—
(1) takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or
(2) influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.*
(b) In this section, the term “covered government person” means—
(1) a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress;
(2) an employee of either House of Congress; or
(3) the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code).
The law in question was originally brought to my attention when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested that ESPN correspondent Jemele Hill should be fired for saying the President is a white supremacist (Also seemingly very clearly in violation of the law.)
Is there something about this law that I am not understanding? I do notice the language stating "solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation" and I guess it's possible to argue that these cases do not meet that criteria.
Why is this law not being enforced however? Simple lack of political will?
EDIT: I was also not certain whether I should be posting this in Law or Poltics StackExchange. If it should be in Law, sorry for the mistake.
Second EDIT: Pertaining to the "solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation" part of the law, would a government employee literally need to say "Fire them because they are a member of **** Party?" or something similar for it to constitute a violation?