The Golden State Warriors are being hailed by the Left for snubbing Donald Trump’s invite to the White House while the Pittsburgh Penguins are being condemned for doing the RIGHT thing by accepting the President’s invitation.
This was the slant of a Toronto Star column entitled: “Why the Pittsburgh Penguins Should Reconsider Meeting Trump”, penned by “discrimination and identity” columnist, Shree Paradkar, who said in part:
“In times of great moral crisis, John Kennedy liked to say, ‘the hottest places in hell’ are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality. That threat of heat apparently failed to melt the Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins when they took a stand against racial justice on Sunday by claiming not to take any.”
For the left, everything comes down to race even though Trump has never played the race card in his justified abhorrence of those NFL players who “take a knee” during the anthem.
But, if racial injustice does exist in America, how is this suddenly Trump’s fault?
He’s been President for nine months – not eight years like the other guy. Did racial injustice suddenly emerge after the inauguration in January?
This selective condemnation brings to mind when the Left went postal over libertarian and goaltender for the 2011 Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins, Tim Thomas’ refusal to show up to the White House to meet President Obama.
Howls of outrage erupted over that no-show, yet those same leftists are now praising the entire Warriors team for committing the same sin. And they’re clamouring for the Penguins to follow suit.
What happened to the notion of sport as a force for unity, something that can bring us together despite one’s political viewpoint?
By accepting an invitation to the White House, a team honours both the office and the nation. How sad that even this gracious gesture is politicized by an ever-divisive Left.