Taking on the NFL and football’s Super Bowl champs, President Trump gave the boot to a White House ceremony Tuesday for the Philadelphia Eagles and instead threw his own brief “Celebration of America” after it became clear most players weren’t going to show up.
Eagles fan and Philadelphia native Jesse Watters said both President Trump and his hometown team are “winners,” despite the two being at odds over a White House visit.
Watters said Trump beat “Crooked Hillary” and the Eagles beat the New England Patriots in the most recent Super Bowl.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
However, Watters said it was a “tough” call as to whom he should support in the controversy. He said he ultimately chose to side with Trump.
“The Eagles tried a trick play, Trump sniffed it out and snuffed it out,” Watters said.
He said the South Philly franchise initially sent the White House a long tally of players and staff who would attend Tuesday’s event.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) June 5, 2018
Days before the event was to happen, the Eagles reportedly reduced the number of attendees to a few players, coaches and Swoop the mascot. The team also reportedly tried to change the date to one when Trump is scheduled to be in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Watters ripped Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney (D), who went on cable news and blasted Trump as a “fragile egomaniac.” Trump has long railed against the protests that began in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began silently kneeling on the sidelines during the anthem to raise awareness around racism and, specifically, the killing of black men by police.At a rally last September, Trump suggested NFL owners fire “son of a bitch” players who “disrespect” the flag by kneeling.