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Trump Disinvites Philadelphia Eagles To Visit White House

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President Trump has officially disinvited to the White House the Philadelphia Eagles who won the Super Bowl this year because of the National Anthem kneeling controversy. “The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow,” the statement from the President read.

“They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem,” he added, “hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.” And that started a political firestorm.

“The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better,” Trump explained. “These fans are still invited to the White House to be a part of a different type of ceremony – one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem. I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America,” the statement concluded. Trump tweeted, “Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!”

Recently, the NFL handed down a rule banning kneeling protests during the National Anthem, but allowed players to stay in the locker room during the performance if they didn’t want to stand. Several players objected to the ban and criticized the league. They say it violates their rights, but most Americans disagree on that point and want to see sports teams honor their country, flag and heroes, not disrespect them by kneeling.

Then the mayor of Philadelphia inserted himself into the controversy by responding that the decision by President Trump to cancel the invitation to the city’s NFL team to the White House was unacceptable to him. “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,” said Mayor Jim Kenney (D) in the statement. “Their athletic accomplishments on the field led to an historic victory this year,” he continued. “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.”

The Democratic mayor continued, “These are players who stand up for the causes they believe in and who contribute in meaningful ways to their community,” Kenney added. “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,” Kenney charged, “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,” he concluded.

Some, like conservative pollster Frank Luntz, noted that no players on the Philadelphia Eagles knelt during the National Anthem in the previous season when the controversial protests reached their height. However, since ten or less of the players were going to the White House after the team was invited, I don’t blame the President for disinviting them. It is an insult to the President and to the country for a team to behave in this manner and no, I don’t think Trump doing this is petty. I think it is very appropriate. They have the freedom to protest, Trump has the freedom to disinvite them. Last year, Trump rescinded an invitation to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors after Stephen Curry said he probably would not attend. President Trump didn’t stand for that gesture of disrespect either.

The President has long advocated that all NFL players should stand during the National Anthem after widespread kneeling protests, first initiated by quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick and other players who knelt maintained they were protesting police brutality in the U.S. against African Americans. But it was never about that and they know it. They don’t like America and what she stands for and the President has had enough of that nonsense and is making it clear that we are done with that. Good.

SOURCES: The Daily Wire, TheBlaze, Breitbart, Fox News, The Daily Mail, Twitchy, The Daily Caller

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