Steph Curry Declines White House Invite, Trump Gets In His Feelings And Stevie Wonder Takes A Knee
It’s no secret the current White House administration continues to find new ways create a feeling in the country that leave many feeling hopeless and helpless. Donald Trump has recently found a new target to direct insults toward and this time the recipient isn’t the political player, hurricane or other natural disaster that you think it would be.
After The Golden State Warriors were recently invited to the White House, player Stephen Curry expressed his personal thoughts on making the trip, sharing that he didn’t wish to go as he has done in the past. Of course this is more than likely due to the current administration, since in previous years under the Obama administration Curry and his teammates looked at the opportunity as an honor. Ultimately, Curry expressed that the final decision would be left to the team but noted that he did not want to go and his “beliefs stay the same”.
Taking it as a personal attack, Trump took to Twitter to “rescind” his invitation:
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Lebron James was quick to jump to the defense of his fellow athlete, reminding Trump to stay in his lane and have a whole Oracle Arena of seats:
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!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
Curry later responded, simply saying the tweet among other behaviors were very un-presidential:
“I have an idea of why, but it’s kind of beneath a leader of a country to go that route. That’s not what leaders do.”
After social media chaos ensued with users expressing their disgust for the administration and Trump’s bullying tactics against anyone who doesn’t support his agenda, The Golden State Warriors released a statement:
“While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited,” the statement read. “We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. Were disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.”
The Warriors will still be making a trip to D.C. to ““to celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion.”
The whole exchange came day after Trump expressed to a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who take a knee in protest during the national anthem, a movement started by quarterback Colin Kaepernick who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. In a rally for Senator Luther Strange, Trump expressed:
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**ch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”
People were quick to call out and combat the divisive narrative that continues to plague to this country. One legendary performer recently joined Kaepernick’s peaceful protest, expressing that we have to do better as a country. Before his performance at Saturday’s Global Citizen Festival musician Stevie Wonder took both knees in solidarity with those who refuse to accept injustice and intolerance. He expressed his actions were not only for America, but the entire world:
“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America; but not just one knee, I’m taking both knees. Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe. Amen ..”
Stevie Wonder joins many celebrities and people throughout the country who support the peaceful protest and stand with Kaepernick while taking a knee and refusing to accept the injustice and discrimination that far too many in this country continue to experience. You can watch Stevie Wonder show his support below: