This president is no stranger to wars of words.
Pundits have predicted that one of his latest exchanges, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, could land the country in a real war sooner than later, but try and keep up, because he’s already onto the next tongue lashing — targeting professional athletes.
He lumped anyone who kneels during the national anthem at a pro sporting event as a “son of a b---” who deserves to be fired Friday night at a campaign rally for Republican Alabama senator Luther Strange. Then he rescinded star point guard Steph Curry’s invitation to the White House as a member of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Saturday after Curry said he would vote no to the visit the night before.
Visits to the White House, under more normal circumstances, are good photo opportunities and public relations moments, both for the sitting president and for champions of each of the major sports.
But his rapid-fire rhetoric has now brought Trump the ire of NFL and NBA figures in rapid succession. LeBron James’ tweet, telling Trump, “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!” amassed 282,000 retweets in under three hours Saturday.
First, on his comments referring to “son of a bitch” NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, for which the now-unemployed Colin Kaepernick gets most credit, or blame, depending on your point of view. Kaepernick’s moother Teresa even chimed in:
Then, after Trump rescinded the (already rebuffed) invitation to Curry and the Warriors, not only did NBA players jump on the president, but so did several of their NFL counterparts and members of the media.