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Philadelphia mayor rips Donald Trump, defends Eagles after cancelled White House visit

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released a statement defending the Eagles in light of Donald Trump rescinding the Super Bowl champions’ invitation to the White House on Monday evening. It’s safe to say Kenney did not mince words.

“The Eagles call the birthplace of our democracy home, so it’s no surprise that this team embodies everything that makes our country and our city great. Their athletic accomplishments on the field led to an historic victory this year. Fans all across the country rallied behind them because we like to root for the underdog and we feel joy when we see the underdogs finally win. I’m equally proud of the Eagles’ activism off the field. These are players who stand up for the causes they believe in and who contribute in meaningful ways to their community. They represent the diversity of our nation—a nation in which we are free to express our opinions.

“Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.

“City Hall is always open for a celebration.”

Kenney wasn’t the only politician to come to the Eagles’ defense. Senator Bob Casey invited the team to the United States Capitol Building.

Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf also stood up for the Eagles.

Trump’s original statement said the Eagles were uninvited to the White House because they “disagree with the President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem.” Yet, no member of the Eagles’ Super Bowl roster did not stand for anthem in 2017.