President Donald Trump disinvited the Eagles to the White House on Monday night (see story) and it didn't take long at all for local politicians to react.
And democratic Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was the most pointed in his response, calling Trump "a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend."
Philly mayor Jim Kenney's statement is pointed.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) June 5, 2018
After President Trump disinvited the #Eagles to the White House, Kenney calls him "a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend." pic.twitter.com/90pHhIR4SU
Here is Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey (D) offering the team an alternative.
I’m proud of what the @Eagles accomplished this year. I’m skipping this political stunt at the White House and just invited the Eagles to Congress. @Eagles How about a tour of the Capitol? https://t.co/niWR7zkSYx— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) June 4, 2018
U.S. representative Brendan Boyle, a Democrat from Philly, had an even stronger response.
"You even make a championship team visiting the White House all about you," Boyle said, via NBC News. "What is wrong with you? Seriously, what condition do you have?"
Boyle also extended an invite and will apparently be bearing gifts.
Several Eagles, notably Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long, have been very outspoken regarding criminal justice reform, and Pa. attorney general Josh Shapiro (D) is offering them another alternative.
The @Eagles are still welcome at my Office — come over whenever:— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) June 4, 2018
Harrisburg, PA 17102
We’ll celebrate your Super Bowl victory and while we are at it we can discuss criminal justice reform or whatever else is on your mind. https://t.co/82G0kkPvdR
Republican Lou Barletta, who represents Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District, tweeted:
I’ll be at the White House tomorrow representing the proud Pennsylvanians who stand for our flag. 🇺🇸— Lou Barletta (@loubarletta_PA) June 5, 2018
Late Monday night, the president reiterated his stance in a tweet:
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018