An environmental group is pushing a petition to keep the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles team from visiting the White House while President Donald Trump is in office.
“The Eagles should celebrate by declining the traditional trip to the White House – as long as Trump is the resident. Go to Disneyland, or head to Hawaii, or take a Caribbean cruise,” reads a Care2 petition. The Washington Examiner first reported about the petition.
“Go have some fun, you earned it. But spending time with Trump?” Care2, a social networking website, adds. “No WAY that’s fun. You didn’t work this hard, put your heart and soul and heads into this season to stroke Trump’s tin-skinned ego. Hell, he’ll probably want you guys to ride a tank and salute him during his ‘my missiles are bigger’ parade he’s planning.”
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The petition claims Trump supports white supremacy and disregards the civil rights of NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem.
About 4,100 people had signed the petition by Friday morning from across the U.S. and countries such as Germany, Italy and Malaysia.
Several Eagles players have already announced they will be skipping a planned visit to the White House. Players Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith have all stated publicly they will not be attending, but there may be more.
“Plenty of guys” are planning on skipping the trip, Smith said, according to the New York Daily News.
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