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June 04, 2018

Twitter reacts to President Trump disinviting Eagles from White House visit

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President Donald Trump.

The Philadelphia Eagles will not be traveling to the nation's capital on Tuesday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory at the White House with President Donald Trump.


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That's because Trump rescinded the invitation on Monday evening. The president released a statement explaining that the Eagles decided to send a "smaller delegation" to Washington instead of the whole team. In Trump's view, the team's light RSVP was an extension of the national anthem protests that have taken place across the NFL, though no Eagles ever took a knee. 

Rather than the originally planned visit, the White House will now hold "a different type of ceremony" for  about 1,000 Eagles fans who had arranged to be in D.C. At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus will perform the national anthem. 

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney slammed the president in a statement. 

The Eagles call the birthplace of our democracy home, so it’s no surprise that this team embodies everything that makes our country and our city great. Their athletic accomplishments on the field led to an historic victory this year. Fans all across the country rallied behind them because we like to root for the underdog and we feel joy when we see the underdogs finally win. I’m equally proud of the Eagles’ activism off the field. These are players who stand up for the causes they believe in and who contribute in meaningful ways to their community. They represent the diversity of our nation—a nation in which we are free to express our opinions.

Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.

Reactions to Trump's decision, overwhelmingly negative, poured in on Twitter after the news broke.