President Trump was wrong to dis-invite the Philadelphia Eagles from meeting him in the White House, argues Dana Milbank of The New York Times. First off, he wrongly claimed that the team opposes him over kneeling during the national anthem; Eagles players stood for it during the whole season. It appears that Trump predicted the team might cancel its visit to spite him and decided to do it to them first. He was unhappy by the fact that only some of the players wanted to come, seeming to take it as an insult. His ways of attacking NFL players’ patriotism is overly divisive and hypocritical coming from a man who got five draft deferments to avoid military service.
As being invited to the White House is a huge honor, President Trump rightly canceled the Philadelphia Eagles’ visit since less than 10 team members accepted the invitation, believe George Parry of The Philadelphia Inquirer. It was intended for the American people, not Trump, to celebrate the team for its Super Bowl victory. The Eagles’ display is reflective of the arrogant political activism many NFL players have engaged in recently. Whether or not they agree with the president, they should have embraced the privilege of being invited to the White House. Accepting only a fraction of the team would have just been insulting. Trump was right to cancel their visit.