Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney hit out at President Donald Trump saying he’s “not a true patriot” and “a fragile egomaniac” after the president disinvited the Super Bowl Champion Eagles from the White House on Monday.
Trump disinvited the Eagles from the ceremony set for Tuesday amid the national anthem controversy.
President Trump said the team is “unable” to attend the White House because they don’t share his view that NFL players should “proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”
Kenney criticized the president in harsh terms, saying in a statement that “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.”
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney celebrated the Eagles, saying he’s proud of the team’s achievements on and 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,” he said.
The Eagles reportedly wanted to send a small group of players but Trump tweeted late Monday, “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!”, reiterating his opposition to hosting the team over politics.
Eagles Brandon Graham, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith had already stated previously that they would not attend the White House ceremony.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith who played for the Eagles during 2017, attacked President Trump’s decision saying he “continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti-military.”
Smith added that the Eagles players have wide-ranging views and anyone who wanted to attend the White House ceremony “should’ve been able to go,” and Trump canceling the event was “a cowardly act.”
The White House will still hold a ceremony on Tuesday for a group of 1,000 fans in which Trump said he “will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”
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