Failing to bow to ‘their’ president
“In the end, Donald Trump could not stand the sight of another tiny crowd,” said Marcus Hayes. Not after the embarrassing inauguration crowd photos, or the snubs of other players who’ve declined to show up for championship ceremonies at Trump’s White House. So this week, the president disinvited the entire Philadelphia Eagles team from a White House celebration of their Super Bowl victory, even though no Eagle knelt during the national anthem this year. Why? Many of the players were offended by Trump’s attacks on other NFL players and their protests of police mistreatment of blacks, and said they would boycott the ceremony. Some planned to go, but Trump “couldn’t stand to have so few show him fealty.” Like a king, he wanted every player to bow to his dictates, revealing that the ceremony was not really about the Eagles. “It was meant to celebrate him.” Outraged by the players’ impudence, Trump proclaimed: “They disagree with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem.” Wow. “Their” president. Trump’s language tells you all you need to know. This president believes he’s every American’s boss, and if some people dare to disagree, they should be excluded and silenced.