In what might be the pettiest act a sitting president has ever made, Donald Trump held a special ceremony today to “honor” the National Anthem and “the troops” in a disgusting effort to smear the reigning Super Bowl champions as unpatriotic and divisive for refusing to visit the White House and give Trump the celebrity attention he longs for so dearly.
The president decided he would hold his own anthem ceremony with “the fans” instead in a pathetic effort to rub it in their faces and to try turn his rabid fanbase against the Eagles – a bold move if there ever was one, for few things are as beloved by the city of Pennslyvania and the suburbs around it as the “Birds”, as they are so affectionately known.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 4, 2018
But some digging by a reporter at the White House reveals that many of the attendees were not at all fans of team as the President had said they were, because they didn’t even know the name of the quarterback whose MVP performance led the team to a stunning 41-32 victory over Trump’s favorite team, the New England Patriots, during Super Bowl LII in February.
— Tim Furlong (@tfurlong) June 5, 2018
Asked a few attendees if they were Birds fans and they looked at me quizzically, which sort of answered the question.
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) June 5, 2018
That quarterback was Nick Foles, who stepped in for an injured Carson Wentz in week 14 and led the team on an underdog tear through the remaining six games, winning all of them. The name Nick Foles is now legendary in Philadelphia, and you would have to really have spent the past four months living in a storm drain to not have known who he was and what he accomplished.
Which means that the President simply got random people to show up and pretend to be Eagles fans – crisis fans, if you will – in his ill-fated attempt to turn the fans against their team.
There are few fan bases as passionate and as devoted as the fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, who were so ecstatic at their Super Bowl victory that one man literally ate horse feces during the post-game riot. Asking them to choose between their championship team and the President is not a decision that is going to end well for Trump.