Meghan McCain did not mince words Tuesday when she addressed the controversy surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles visiting the White House. Though Trump canceled the invitation, it was first reported that several of the members of the Super Bowl champions were planning on skipping.
According to The Hill, McCain spoke up in President Trump’s defense, voicing her concern that sports should not be used to make a political statement.
“I think when you get invited to the White House you should go, period,” McCain said on “The View.”
She added, “I think the White House and the presidency is bigger than one man. I don’t like how political sports has gotten, we’ve talked about that many times on the show.”
Trump said Monday that one of the main reasons he disinvited the Eagles was due to their choice to kneel during the national anthem. But it was also due to their lackluster participation in anticipation of the visit.
“I know it’s a different time, but I do think sports should bring us together, and I think when you’re invited to the White House, I don’t care who you are, it’s an incredible experience, and I wish we could table it and just come together in one way or another,” McCain said.
“What you’re talking about with the anthem, it is a total culture war, ground zero for him to be using to gin up his base,” she added.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration explained their reasoning for disinviting the team: “Unfortunately, the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend the event, despite planning to be in D.C. today,” the Trump administration said.
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