Comparing Trump’s Tweets To Obama’s Will Make You Wish It Was 2016 Again

As we hit the one year mark of Trump's four-year term as President of the United States, it's hard to not look back at what we lost (namely, the icon known as Barack Obama) and the burden we've gained in our Cheeto-hued POTUS Trump. And while it's easy to see the differences between the two (for example, one is a caring, compassionate man and an eloquent speaker, and the other is Trump), the contrast between these American leaders is most evident on Twitter. Despite the official @POTUS account having almost 22 million followers, Trump would much rather fire off fuckery every morning via his @realDonaldTrump account, which is sitting at almost 47 million(!) followers.

It'd be dope if Trump exercised some tact while tweeting, or, at the very least, didn't sound like an upset baby whenever someone talked shit, failed to vote the way he wanted or kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem. Trump's vitriol is very un-presidential, and while his supporters rejoiced in the idea that his win meant that they elected a man who could truly shake up the current political system, dude's got us out here looking ridiculous on the regular.

We know how it works, though: you can't just SAY that Trump's tweets make him look insane compared to Obama's. You have to SHOW the people exactly how his antics have him (and, as a result, the United States) looking foolish. So, why don't we do just that?

The first instance isn't so obvious. During Thanksgiving, both Trump and Obama took to Twitter to share their feels about the holiday. Trump dropped an almost four-minute video, which he begins by saying “Melania and I would like to wish you a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving.” Melania was nowhere to be seen during the clip, which covered everything from Americans rejoicing to members of the Armed Forces who wouldn't be home for the holidays. Trump's lack of emotion managed to make all of his words feel hollow and inauthentic.

Now take Obama's 2017 Thanksgiving tweet, which was simple and to the point. A picture of Barack, his wife Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha was paired with a short, sweet, and to the point caption: “From the Obama family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving full of joy and gratitude.”

That Obama can show more compassion in a still image than Trump did in a video shouldn't be surprising.

About a month later, on New Year's Eve, we get to see the hate in Trump's heart on full display. During a time where people are coming together, singing songs that speak to drinking with friends and letting go of “days gone by,” Trump's busy throwing shade to “enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media.”

That mirrored his 2016 NYE tweet, where he again called out his “enemies.”

Compare that to Obama's NYE 2017 tweet, which spoke to reflecting and preparing for 2018. Obama made sure to point out that, even though there's been a LOT of bad news in 2017, “there are countless stories from this year that remind us what's best about America.”

Obama then went on threading stories of inspiration! And that's the key—Trump's Twitter reveals that he is far more concerned with throwing shots at his enemies than being a positive influence on people. He said so himself on December 30, 2017.

The problem is, even if Trump claims his Twitter usage is “modern day presidential,” Obama's owning him on the social platform. While Obama tweets his long-standing message of hope, Trump's tirades are fueled by hate. Trump won the presidency with the help of Russia by tweeting to those who felt neglected in the years that Obama was in office. While that fire and brimstone performance may have won him an election, his continued use (abuse?) of the platform doesn't feel presidential at all. 

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New Orleans Saints Knelt Before, Then Stood During National Anthem in London

The National Football League’s co-opting of Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 protest about adverse conditions black citizens and other people of color face into a gesture about unity and solidarity came full circle Sunday, as the New Orleans Saints opted to kneel prior to the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Saints collectively rose with locked arms once the singing of the national anthem began as they squared off in an exhibition game in London against the Miami Dolphins. 

Saints quarterback Drew Brees confirmed the gestures would take place days before as he made the announcement via Twitter September 29.

“As a way to show respect to all, our #Saints team will kneel in solidarity prior to the national anthem [and] stand together during the anthem,” Brees tweeted.

Three Miami Dolphins players—Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Julius Thomas—continued to kneel as the national anthem was sung in Wembley Stadium Sunday.

“I think it’s a good combination of showing unity and also paying tribute to the actual reason why everybody’s taking a knee,” Saints defensive back Kenny Vaccaro told ESPN. “It has nothing to do with disrespecting the flag, disrespecting the military.”

Don’t expect to see any additional live anthem coverage on Fox Sports, which has television rights to NFC Conference NFL games. The network announced last week’s practice of airing live footage during the anthem will end.

“As we have in previous broadcasts of NFL games from London, Fox will show the National Anthem as well as God Save the Queen live,” a statement from Fox read in part. “As is standard procedure, regionalized coverage of NFL game airing on FOX this Sunday will not show the National Anthem live; however, our cameras are always rolling and we will document the response of players and coaches on the field.”

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Donald Trump Only Supports Free Speech When It’s White People Speaking

Donald Trump is not slick. He thinks he is, but he's not. For one, President U. Bum still hasn't figured out how to thread tweets.

Exhibit A: this disjointed, idiotic statement he made over the weekend about the legal, peaceful NFL demonstrations against police brutality and racism, which started with the still-unemployed Colin Kaepernick. After calling them “sons of bitches,” Trump insisted that players exercising their First Amendment rights be fired for “disrespect” to the national anthem and flag. 

Because America is already (somewhat) great, that statement was met with even more player protests, some of which included the very owners Trump attempted to appeal to. But that didn't stop him from doubling down on his stance Monday, insisting 1) it wasn't about race; and 2) that players not be vocal or demonstrative about their legitimate criticisms of this country's fucked-up, systematic, race-based issues.

Trump is mindbogglingly inconsistent in his support or criticism of free speech. But, as it turns out, he's pretty damn consistent with when he chooses to be critical. Instead of telling you, I'll just show you.

Trump had a busy weekend on Twitter; in addition to dropping his unsolicited opinion about the NFL, he announced he was rescinding his White House visit offer to Steph Curry, leaving Curry's team, the Golden State Warriors, with no choice but to decline the visit as a unit.

Even though Trump attributed the reason for the withdrawal to Curry's “hesitation,” the basketball star had been made it abundantly clear that his stance is unwavering against Trump and his dangerous rhetoric. It's pretty safe to assume Trump's decision was made in response to Curry's personal opinion, which he has every right to vocalize.

And then there's the incredibly messy case of ESPN correspondent Jemele Hill's recent criticism of Trump. In a conversation on Twitter, Hill unabashedly (and correctly) called Trump a white supremacist.

In retaliation, the Trump administration, via White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, recommended Hill be fired.

“I think that's one of the more outrageous comments that anyone can make,” Sanders said during a press briefing, “and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.”

What do the aforementioned presidentially shunned figures have in common? Yep, that's right: they're all people of color. Keep that in mind. Let's press on.

In contrast, Trump praised figures in the NASCAR industry Monday for saying anyone who protests in the sport would be fired, effectively quashing members' rights to demonstrate peacefully.

You don't need Google to know that NASCAR is one of, if not the whitest sport in the world. But in case you need some context: this summer, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. became the first black driver to race at NASCAR's top level in more than a decade. The reason he made it in? He replaced another driver, who was injured in a wreck. So, here we have Donald, supporting the very white NASCAR owners and corporate leaders, for making it clear that they don't support free speech. Got it.

But wait a minute. Let's go back to February, when Trump threatened U.C. Berkley with the revocation of federal funds because they did not “allow free speech.” In this instance, Trump tweeted in defense of former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, whose inflammatory, racist speeches regularly incite riots and violent protests.  

But wait a minute, take two: just last month, Trump tweeted in support of protestors in Boston, who counter-demonstrated against a self-described free speech rally that was held one week after the convening of white supremacists in Charlottesville that turned deadly.

Hmm… what is it about Boston that makes it different than say, Ferguson or Baltimore? Why might Trump be more willing to support protestors there?

Looking a little funny in the light there, President Bum.

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The Sports World Responds to Trump’s Attacks on NFL and NBA (UPDATED)

With our neighbors to the south, Mexico, recovering after getting hit with a series of earthquakes, and Puerto Rico still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Maria, Donald Trump spoke to the crowd at a campaign rally for “Big” Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama on Friday about offering a helping hand to those in need.

Man, who are we kidding? Instead, Trump attacked the NFL players who protest racism and police violence by not standing during the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flags to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out,” he said. “He’s fired! He’s fired!'” 

And why stop there? On Saturday morning, Trump also took aim at Steph Curry, who said he would not be going to the White House.  

Plenty of sports figures jumped to the defense of the basketball and football players suddenly in the crosshairs of the leader of the free world, while making #UBum a hashtag for the ages.

Even Colin Kaepernick's mom had a light-hearted response to Trump's remarks.  

ESPN's Jemele Hill, also a recent target of Trump's ire for calling him a “white supremacist,” had a message for Curry.

As did the company Curry endorses, Under Armour.

Leave it to a sporting goods company to have a stronger response to Trump's bullying than the NFL.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Trump responded to the outrage on Saturday afternoon with tweets clarifying his original position: that employees of a private company should be fired for their political beliefs.

Simultaneously, another championship team declined an invitation to the White House. A team spokesman confirmed that the UNC Tar Heels national championship men's basketball team will not visit, despite having been invited. 

Steve Kirschner said, “We couldn't find a date that worked for both parties. We tried about eight or nine dates and between they couldn't work out that date, we couldn't work out that date, so—we would have liked to have gone, but not going.” 

The players were “fine with going,” he added.

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NYPD Officers Rallied in Support of Colin Kaepernick

At least 75 active and former officers of the New York Police Department held a rally Saturday in support of NFL free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick opted out of the final year of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and remains unsigned, with many suspecting NFL teams avoiding him due to his choice to refrain from standing during the National Anthem last season. There are no specific NFL rules requiring players to stand for the anthem, but Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated and later kneel, was viewed by some media pundits as disrespectful to police officers and members of the armed forces.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL.com when asked about his choice to sit in August of 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Officers on hand at Saturday’s #ImWithKap Rally agreed with Kaepernick about the larger issue of unarmed black men and women being killed during what were viewed as seemingly routine police stops.

“We can confirm that the issues he is saying exist in policing and throughout the criminal justice system indeed exist,” one participant said.

Frank Serpico, whose allegations of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in the eponymous 1973 film Serpico, was also on hand.

Kaepernick’s choice to sit during the anthem followed the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, among others. In each case, unarmed black men were killed by armed police officers. Kaepernick’s remarks about “people getting paid leave and getting away with murder” likely reference the lack of an indictment in each case.

The choice of having the rally in New York added another storyline, as Giants co-owner John Mara was one of the few NFL owners to explain his reasoning for passing on signing Kaepernick.

“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara told Sports Illustrated. “If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into.”

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Marshawn Lynch Refuses to Stand for National Anthem

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the National Anthem prior to the Raiders 20-10 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Various media outlets are assuming the act was a form of silent protest, presumably because former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick similarly sat during the National Anthem in an August 2016 game.

Fans and critics took note of Lynch’s refusal to stand, with many assuming it was in response to the white nationalist rally and subsequent violent attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lynch remaining seated does not appear to be an issue for the Raiders at this time based on postgame comments ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez relayed from Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. Gutierrez wrote the following regarding an exchange between Del Rio and Lynch:

“[Lynch] said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Del Rio said. “I said, 'So you understand how I feel. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I'm going to respect you as a man. You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me.”

Kaepernick eventually made the compromise to kneel during the anthem after being accused of disrespecting members of the armed forces by his decision to sit during the anthem. When initially questioned about his refusal to stand for the anthem, Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” 

Other players joined Kaepernick in solidarity with acts such as raising their fists and kneeling, however, Kaepernick remains unsigned with at least two teams citing a fear of angering their fans by signing Kaepernick.

In April, the Raiders and Seattle Seahawks finalized a deal to send the then-retired Lynch to Oakland via trade. The Superbowl-winning running back rose to fame during a run of four consecutive seasons with 1,200 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011, but he also became known for a reluctance to engage with media members or grant interviews.

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