Dems’ little temper tantrum will force many overseas troops to miss NFL championship games

The American Forces Network is one of the many casualties of the government shutdown brought on by obstructionist Democrats led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Dubbed “Schumer’s Shutdown,” one of the effects of the Senate not being able to come to an agreement on a stopgap funding measure was that the network that carries NFL games for military members overseas went dark just after midnight Friday, Star and Stripes reported.

The loss of programming coming on the weekend of the NFC and AFC football championship games, when the Super Bowl match up is decided.

The league is getting involved, despite Commissioner Roger Goodell’s year-long support of NFL players disrespecting the national anthem.

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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tweeted on Saturday: “Military members can watch tomorrow’s NFL games at USO Centers overseas through NFL Game Pass for free.”

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And while the move is a decent thing to do for troops who have become pawns in the Democrat push for amnesty for foreign nationals in the country illegally, who they fondly refer to as “DREAMers,” the NFL’s action still leaves a void.

The trouble is, according to Stars and Stripes, not all USO locations have high-speed internet needed for the NFL’s streaming service. Places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

Servicemembers aboard ships also may not being able to access a USO facility, the military newspaper noted.

McCarthy did note that the NFL “is working on alternatives for service members.”

For the record, during the last government shutdown, in October 2013, the AFN was able to remain on air.

One social media user offered a possible explanation for this:

Overall, the online reaction wasn’t very kind, especially toward Schumer. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

https://twitter.com/giucone/status/954893664538394624

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