After the New England Patriots won the most recent Super Bowl, a number of Patriots players announced their plans to skip the customary follow-up visit to the White House.
Well, that visit finally happened, and the players who did go don’t seem as though they had a very good time.
Looking at photos of the event shows a group of football players and coaching staff that seems very much out of place, both on account of their facial expressions and on account of the fact that there just wasn’t as many people there as there ought to be. Not even Trump fan boy Tom Brady showed up, citing “family matters” as reason for his absence. (Trump is also close with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.)
Featured below is an image of the Patriots players who showed up to the White House visit, and just looking at the photo you can see on the players’ faces how poorly their visit went:
Unfortunately for Trump, it’s not even as though these sorts of things are normally this subdued.
Just look at the photo featured below, which is from the Patriots’ 2015 visit to the White House, while President Obama was still in office:
Twitter users had a field day with screenshots of some of the most pointedly distraught expressions captured in photos from the Patriots’ visit to the White House.
— Meg Bee (@oneretrocupcake) April 19, 2017
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) April 19, 2017
There is a darker side to all of this, seeing as the Patriots players who chose not to come to the customary post-Super Bowl win White House visit didn’t do so for no reason. It’s not just something born out of the nation’s collective longing for the days of Obama to return.
Rather, the Trump team has displayed systematic racism since first rising to prominence, dismissing concerns such as those raised by “Black Lives Matter” as nothing more than “racist.” Trump’s undercutting of key social programs also affects African Americans significantly.
POLITICO reports that Trump offered up airy remarks at the event marking the Patriots’ visit, saying, “Whether you’re trying to win a Super Bowl or rebuild our country, as Coach Belichick would say, there are no days off.”
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