Not one to follow past traditions, current President Donald Trump has disinvited this year’s Super Bowl Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, from visiting the White House. In the past, winning teams would be invited for a prestigious visit to the White House, however Trump’s choice in the matter stems from NFL athletes failing to stand during the national anthem, choosing to kneel instead.
The Hill released a statement made by Donald Trump on Monday, which stated, “The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”
Now just a few hours ago, the Super Bowl LI Champions have responded to being disinvited to the White House. Read the statement by Jim Kenney, the Mayor of Philadelphia below:
“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. Their athletic accomplishments on the field led to an historic victory this year. Fans all across the country rallied behind them because we like to root for the underdog and we feel joy when we see the underdogs finally win. I’m equally proud of the Eagles’ activism off the field. 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.
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.
City Hall is always open for a celebration.”
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So many lies smh
Here are some facts
1. Not many people were going to go
2. No one refused to go simply because Trump “insists” folks stand for the anthem
3. The President continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military pic.twitter.com/89GUNhJ4eE
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) 2018年6月4日