I don’t think I have ever seen anybody take a knee to protest a president’s speech before, but with Trump, this could catch on.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Here, on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday afternoon, there was to have been a celebration honoring the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, but it turned out very few Eagles actually wanted to be celebrated by Trump. So Trump, to spare himself the snub, disinvited the team because, he said, they disagree with him about standing for the national anthem — even though all members of the Eagles stood for the anthem all season long.
Instead, Trump declared a “Celebration of America.” He ordered the U.S. Marine Band and the U.S. Army Chorus to “loudly and proudly play the national anthem” — or, presumably, face court-martial if they played pianissimo.
The result was one of the oddest White House events in recent memory. It lasted six minutes from “Oh, say, can you see” to the last “my home sweet home” in “God Bless America,” and Trump’s three-minute speech was interrupted at the beginning by a heckler.
“Stop hiding behind the armed services and the national anthem to attack your fellow citizens,” called out the man, who had taken a knee. At this point, several booed the heckler, but the confusion created the appearance that the president was being booed.
The real reason for Trump’s cancellation: Few players were planning to come to his party. “It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you,” tweeted wide receiver Torrey Smith, who played for the Eagles last season. “To make it about the anthem is foolish.”
Reports were that most of the crowd was made up of White House staff and politicians and not a “1,000 Eagles fans” has claimed by Trump.
One NBC reporter asked several people who the quarterback was for the Eagles during the Superbowl and not one of them knew the answer.
What’ s more now even more sports teams are saying that even if they win they have no intentions of going to the White House:
Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year.
No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon.
On the day when the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be there to commemorate winning the Super Bowl — a visit that was canceled by President Donald Trump and had the White House accusing players who weren’t planning on attending of abandoning their fans — Curry and James were among those speaking out at the NBA Finals in support of the Eagles.
“I’m not surprised. It’s typical of him,” James, the Cleveland star, said Tuesday of Trump’s decision to cancel. “I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”
What’s more, the entire event was mocked mercilessly on social media.
— Jane Slusser (@janeslusser) June 5, 2018
New England Patriots at White House with President Obama. Huge!
— Jack v. Harris (@jvharris65) June 5, 2018
Trump pays tribute to America by singing 25% of the words to God Bless America pic.twitter.com/TECYRrzo6a
— Quoth the Raven (@QTRResearch) June 6, 2018
The whole thing was yet another huge shit show just like every other thing this orange-tinted idiot tries to do.