The Daily Caller is reporting that an environmentalist group is petitioning that Super Bowl champions playing for the Philadelphia Eagles don't visit the White House, at least not white President Trump is in office.
According to the group, the Eagles should celebrate their victory by declining to meet with President Trump at the White House. Or, at the very least, they should not go during the remainder of Trump's presidency. The
The group then encourages the Eagles to go visit Disneyland or go to Hawaii — anything but continue the precedent of visiting with the president after winning the Super Bowl.
“The Eagles should celebrate by declining the traditional trip to the White House – as long as Trump is the resident. Go to Disneyland, or head to Hawaii, or take a Caribbean cruise,” reads a Care2 petition, according to the Daily Caller.
“Go have some fun, you earned it. But spending time with Trump?” Care2, a social networking website, adds. “No WAY that’s fun. You didn’t work this hard, put your heart and soul and heads into this season to stroke Trump’s tin-skinned ego. Hell, he’ll probably want you guys to ride a tank and salute him during his ‘my missiles are bigger’ parade he’s planning.”
So far, over 4,100 people have signed the petition from throughout the United States, Germany, Italy, and Malaysia.
Relatedly, several players on the Philadelphia Eagles have hinted that they plan to skip the event, according to CNN.
Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith, Chris Long, and LeGarrette Blount are among those who are expected to not attend the White House in order to celebrate their historic victory. The primary reason why these players might not be going to the White House is political. In particular, they often disagree with President Trump's comments about players who kneel during the national anthem, and in several instances, they disagree with Trump's relationship with racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Fox News writes that President Trump clashed with the NFL throughout his first year as the president, criticizing players who kneel during the national anthem as a means of protesting racial injustice.
On the one hand, many of the players are outraged by President Trump's policy positions and rhetoric, which they claim is counter-productive to the cause of racial equality and healing racial divisions in the country. On the other hand, President Trump is outraged that players would protest during the national anthem of all times, which he interprets as disrespectful to himself, the flag, and the country.
In recent news, Ivanka Trump is speaking out about her time in Washington. She says that she's "no longer surprised."