Trump’s twitter controversy

NFl Players kneeling

NFl Players kneeling

The president has caused a lot of controversy by his use of twitter. And whether you love him or hate him, you’ll admit his twitter is unlike that of any other politician.

The president tweets like a normal person. He tweets things he likes and dislikes, and even retweets memes. His usual risky tweets are about political opponents, other countries, or laws and bills. But when the Golden State Warriors were thinking about not visiting the White House, the president took to twitter quickly.

Trump tweeted that “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Curry responded in a press conference that he thinks it is below a leader of his status to talk and tweet like that.

The Warriors said it was clear they were not welcome at the White House.

Curry later said he did not want to go anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday and had planned to discuss it in the morning. Steve Kerr said: “Not surprised. He was going to break up with us before we could break up with him.”

Wading into thorny issues of race and politics, Mr. Trump’s comments in a Friday night speech and a series of Saturday tweets drew sharp responses from some of the nation’s top athletes, with LeBron James calling the president a “bum.”

“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up,” James tweeted on Saturday.

Later, Mr. Trump tweeted what he already said at a rally in Alabama that NFL players who kneel for the National Anthem should be fired, and called on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to tell them to stand. Goodell and several team owners criticized the comments.

Mr. Trump’s latest entry into the intersection of sports and politics started in Alabama on Friday night, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” are exhibiting a “total disrespect of our heritage.”

“That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Mr. Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.’ Out! He’s fired.”

Mr. Trump told reporters on Sunday however, that his objection has “nothing to do with race.”

“I’ve never said anything about race. This has nothing to do with race or anything else. This has to do with respect for our country and respect for our flag,” he said while boarding Air Force One on route back to Washington on Sunday.

Over the weekend, there was a big eye on how people would respond to what some would call Trump’s divisive comments. Several NFL players knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice.  Some teams didn’t even leave their locker room for the anthem. However, most teams locked arms in a show of unity.

I asked Elder junior Tyler Schutte what he thought about Trump’s twitter and he said “it is definitely not what a leader should be doing.” In response to how the Golden State Warriors will not be visiting the White House he said, “I do not agree with it, but I see where they are coming from.” I also asked him about how he felt with players kneeling. “I definitely do not agree with them kneeling, I think it is better to lock arms,” he said.

According to a survey last year the majority of Americans disagreed with the protest at 52%. While 54% of millennials were okay with protests. With Trump’s approving ratings beginning to fall more people are expected to be okay with the protest. Personally I do not agree with kneeling or staying in the locker room during the National Anthem. However, I think locking arms is okay and a great show of unity for the players.