President Donald Trump never shy’s away from the opportunity to utilize his social media platform for political gain. In an interview on Fox business channel, Trump said, “Tweeting is like a typewriter – when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show.”
Monday night Trump took to his twitter to address the issues swarming around Super bowl champs Philadelphia Eagles visiting the white house.
“The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!”
The tweet averaged 97,285 likes, 21,897 retweets, and 42,000 comments.
Trump has manipulated the intentions of those who choose not to visit the White House and those who kneel during the national anthem. Trump insinuates that protesters are anti-military and against the NFL new policy, which states that players must stand during the National Anthem unless they’re in the locker room.
“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.” said Trump in a statement on the Philadelphia Eagles.
But in fact, NFL players kneel to protest against police brutality and racial inequality in the United States. The status on these issues hasn’t changed. Keep in mind that President Donald Trump attacked NFL protesting Players calling them SOB during an NFL Rant in Huntsville Alabama in 2017.
In response to Trump’s allegations, former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith noted an Eagles player did not kneel last season. He also had this to say via twitter,
”There are a lot of people on the team that have plenty of different views. The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go. It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish,” he added.
The player union said in a statement that NFL players “love their country, support our troops, give back to their communities and strive to make America a better place.”