Meghan McCain Speaks Out About President Trump's Controversial Move Against Philadelphia Eagles

June 05, 2018Jun 05, 2018

President Trump recently picked another battle with the Super-Bown champion Philadelphia Eagles and disinvited them from a White House celebration, according to NPR News.

The fallout has been wide-ranging and quick, from the Philadelphia mayor questioning Trump's patriotism and Fox News apologizing for claiming that Eagles players had been kneeling during the national anthem. 

The controversy continued throughout Tuesday, and the White House has declared that the "vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans." Meanwhile, Fox News has issued a correction for incorrectly claiming that the Eagles kneeled during the national anthem.

Christopher Wallace, the executive producer of Bream's program, issued an apology on behalf of Fox News for the error.

"During our report about President Trump canceling the Philadelphia Eagles trip to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win, we showed unrelated footage of players kneeling in prayer," Wallace said, according to CNN. "To clarify, no members of the team knelt in protest during the national anthem throughout regular or post-season last year. We apologize for the error."

The network then aired another segment that showed players from other teams actually kneeling during the national anthem. Nobody from the Eagles 2017-2018 season knelt during the anthem.

In the aftermath of this controversy, Meghan McCain is speaking out.

The daughter of Republican Senator John McCain and co-host of "The View" is angered that so many people are bashing the White House's prestige by refusing invitations to appear. She is also disappointed about the general politicization of sports, especially, she says, since Trump has exploited anthem-kneeling as a culture war issue. 

Meghan is especially bothered that so many Eagles players were planning on not showing up to the White House celebration, even before President Trump announced that they were no longer invited.

As the Slate points out, it was likely that almost nobody from the team would have come. This is because many Eagles players had been critical of Trump in the past, and the media had speculated that many players would, for political and non-political purposes alike, simply not show up.

“I think the White House and the presidency is bigger than one man,” McCain argued. “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 at this time and just come together.”

“He made death jokes about my father, I know, but I’m telling you that even for me at this point in time, even for me – and I’ve been through a lot with this administration when my dad has cancer, even for me – he is not bigger than the presidency, he’s not bigger than America, he’s not bigger than the White House and sometimes you just have to come to the table and have the conversation…I refuse to let him destroy all the things that I believe in and that our founding fathers started… I think when you are called and when you are asked, you show up, if for no other reason than to say your piece.”

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