As a customary practice, the president typically invites the champions of major professional and college sports to the White House for a visit to applaud their efforts and celebrate their victories.
However, President Donald Trump, in yet another unprecedented move, rescinded an invitation to Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles upon learning most of the team’s players didn’t plan to come anyway over their disaccord with the current administration on national anthem protests.
After the commander-in-chief uninvited the team, two Democratic lawmakers from Pennsylvania wasted no time in offering the Eagles an alternative option for a potential trip to Washington.
Rep. Brendan Boyle and Sen. Bob Casey both took to Twitter to welcome the Super Bowl champions.
I’m proud of what the @Eagles accomplished this year. I’m skipping this political stunt at the White House and just invited the Eagles to Congress. @Eagles How about a tour of the Capitol? https://t.co/niWR7zkSYx— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) June 4, 2018
In a statement, Trump said the Eagles, which defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in February, wanted to send a smaller delegation but he declined as he apparently believed the fans planning to attend “deserve better.”
However, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) didn’t buy the president’s excuse of not hosting a small contingent of players. He called Trump a “fragile egomaniac” who just tried to save face after he learnt some of the players would boycott the visit.
“Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend,” Kenney said in a statement.
“The Eagles call the birthplace of our democracy home, so it’s no surprise that this team embodies everything that makes our country and our city great,” Kenny added. “These are players who stand up for the causes they believe in and who contribute in meaningful ways to their community. They represent the diversity of our nation — a nation in which we are free to express our opinions.”
Even people on Twitter didn’t spare the president and mocked his childish antic to avoid the embarrassment.
It's quite simple.— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) June 4, 2018
Trump wanted to FORCE Philadelphia Eagles players to visit him.
The Eagles' owner refused to force his players to visit someone they don't respect.
Trump has just banned the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl team from visiting the White House after several players said they would not attend. Team owner Jeff Lurie planned to send smaller delegation so player could choose— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) June 4, 2018
Trump was too childish to allow this. Thank you @Eagles
BREAKING: The Philadelphia Eagles will NOT attend the White House Super Bowl celebration. So many players on the team decided not to attend that Trump cancelled to avoid the embarrassment! Go Eagles! #FlyEaglesFly— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) June 4, 2018
A pathetic racist with a fragile ego had his feelings hurt because a football team didn’t want to praise his odious stench of corrosion. Forced patriotism is fascism, nothing more nor less. Make no mistake, the Eagles won their second Super Bowl today. #FlyEaglesFly— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) June 5, 2018
The contentious debate on players kneeling during the national anthem in a peaceful protest against racism and policy brutality in the country recently made headlines after National Football League (NFL) owners announced kneeling players could be fined.
However, since the very beginning, the president has made his contempt apparent for players engaging in such protests. In fact, in an interview with the “Fox & Friends,” Trump suggested such players didn’t deserve to be in America for protesting against injustice.
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