One of the inexplicably major stories of the day is President Trump rescinding a White House invitation to the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. It’s being treated by the media as if it’s some sort of major diplomatic incident far outweighing the North Korean nuclear summit, but I’m trying without much luck to work up a good “who cares” over it.
It’s a high honor to be invited to the White House by the President, but only a small number of players planned to go because Trump has criticized the NFL for allowing players to pull protests that show disrespect for the flag and the National Anthem. Also because it’s somehow required of everyone in any field of sports or show business to show contempt for the duly-elected (sorry!) President of the United States or else have mobs of leftists with way too much time on their hands say mean things about them on Twitter. So if they can’t respond to the honor of being invited to the White House by accepting graciously like patriotic adult Americans, then too bad, so sad, sayonara.
The only part of this whole kerfuffle that I think really deserves some publicity is the part that’s getting no publicity, naturally, and that’s what Trump decided to do instead of honoring football players. He’ll be honoring some other people in uniform who don’t have a problem with showing respect for the flag. The story is at the link.
Incidentally, I find it ironic that the Eagles' most prominent protester listed the "social injustices" that he's protesting, and they include "wages and job opportunities." Don't look now, but that under that President you refuse to be seen with, wages are finally going up and unemployment rates, including those for minorities, are at or near record lows. In short, he's doing a lot more to help minority workers than you are by raising your fist during the National Anthem.