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Philadelphia Mayor's Aide Ridicules Trump With Photos of Eagles' Super Bowl Crowd Size Next to President's Inauguration

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s chief of staff ridiculed Donald Trump on Twitter Monday evening with side-by-side comparison photos of the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory crowd size next to that of the president’s inauguration.

Trump canceled the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House visit abruptly yesterday after most of the team’s players and coaches planned on boycotting the event over the president’s demands that they stand for the national anthem at NFL games.

“Our party was bigger than yours,” Jane Slusser wrote in a tweet following the announcement, next to images that showed a substantially larger turnout for the Eagles than Trump’s inauguration.

In 2017, Sean Spicer, the White House’s former press secretary, infamously said that Trump’s inauguration attracted the “largest audience ever,” although photos of the event proved that the crowd was much smaller than that of former President Barack Obama’s.

In a statement on Monday, Trump disinvited the entire Super Bowl champion team from a visit to the White House  scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. "The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow," the statement read.

"They disagree with their President because he insists that they 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. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better."

RTX67638 U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the U.S. Coast Guard Change-of-Command ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's chief of staff ridiculed Trump on Twitter Monday evening with a side-by-side comparison photo of the Eagle's Super Bowl crowd size next to that of the president's 2017 inauguration. Reuters

Trump went on to say that the 1,000 fans who were set to attend are still invited to come to a “different type of ceremony—one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the national anthem.”

“I will be there at 3 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America,” the president said.

Although the Eagles did not respond directly to the announcement, the team later issued a statement to their fans saying they were “truly grateful for all the support we have received and we are looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2018 season.”

According to the New York Times, White House officials confirmed that less than 10 members of the team accepted the invitation to attend the usually non-political ceremony, which would have been held on the South Lawn.

Kenney criticized the president for his decision after the announcement, in a statement calling him a “fragile egomaniac.”

“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,” he said. “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.”

Kenney added: “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. City Hall is always open for a celebration.”

Following the official announcement, Trump also took to Twitter on Monday evening to explain the decision. “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!" the president tweeted.

 

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