God, Donald Trump is an idiot.
There's really no way to beat around that particular bush in this latest incident, not after the President rescinded his offer to the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Why are they no longer allowed at the White House?
What does Trump plan to do in place of the ceremony that was going to honor the team?
And how are folks reacting to this decision?
Scroll down to find out!
You Will Not Kneel Before Me!
The President has made it clear: he believes all athletes should stand for the national anthem, a point he thinks will help him with his political base.
As a Result...
The White House issued this statement a day before the Eagles were scheduled to be honored for their Super Bowl victory.
The Trump Follow-Up
Tweeted the President shortly after the original statement went public: "The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!"
Yeah, But Here's the Thing:
Ignoring whatever side you take on the national anthem debate, this is fact: Not a single Eagles player kneeled during the anthem last year or remained in the locker room while it was played.
What About What Fox News Said?!?
Fox News is lying. These players are praying before the game, not kneeling during the anthem.
Tell 'Em, Torrey
This is what wide receiver Torrey Smith said in February, long before any national anthem policy was enacted. Any care to disagree with this logic?
The NFLPA Responds
Here is what the Player's Association said in response to the situation. And it was not the only organization or individual to have an opinion on this topic.
It's funny because what this Twitter user says is true.
For the Bird
This isn't the first time Trump has been scared by an Eagle.
And Now a Word from the Mayor
Actually, a few words. Actually, a few AWESOME words.
More Awesome Words
These from a Congressman, summing up the President rather well, in fewer than 280 characters.
Such Bad Americans
Trump says these players, who did NOT plan to attend the ceremony anyway, are bad Americans.
Just to Be Clear...
Seriously, this is a very important point to be clear on. Read it closely.
So, What Instead?
If the White House won't celebrate the Eagles, what will it do instead? This patriotic gathering, of course.