Trump Skips Super Bowl - Pens Message To Service Men And Women, Heads To Florida

It was a very heated season for the NFL, and not just on the field. The 'taking a knee' controversy led to fans on both sides of the issue calling to boycott the league.

Some burned their jerseys and giant foam fingers when the NFL refused to stop players from taking a knee during the national anthem, while others tried to boycott because the league didn't back kneeling players enough.

The President slammed the league over the issue, and teams banded together to protest the President's objections to the protests. Viewership has dropped to an all-time low, and it was a mess.

The season that President Donald Trump's comments had started off with a bang ended up fizzling out. If any players were kneeling at the game on Sunday, cameras were careful not to feature them.

Commercials were careful to avoid political topics, and decided to remain light- hearted and comical instead. Fans put politics aside for the day and just enjoyed the fun.

Aside from the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, everyone seemed to put aside their battles.

Trump, for the most part, ignored it. He broke with tradition and didn't sit for a pre-game interview this year. He and the family, instead, headed to the 'winter White House', Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

The President did stop to send a note about the Super Bowl, but it was aimed at people in the Armed Forces rather than the teams.

"As many Americans come together to watch the Super Bowl, Melania and I extend our greetings and appreciation for those who make occasions like these possible, particularly the brave men and women of our Armed Forces," read the message.

"Though many of our Nation's service members are unable to be home with family and friends to enjoy this evening's American tradition, they are always in our thoughts and prayers," it continued. "We owe these heroes the greatest respect for defending our liberty and our American way of life."

"We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the National Anthem," Trump added, making the only mention of the great 'take a knee' controversy.

Trump concluded with 'best wishes' for a fun day, and a call for God to bless the troops and the U.S.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary, released the statement on Twitter. Responses to the memo varied. Many Trump supporters praised the President for focusing on the troops.

“It is a great message. VERY presidential!” read one tweet.

Others took the opportunity to slam the president. “A draft dodger who cuts funding for vets.? What a hypocrite,” read a response.

Others still angry with the NFL for letting players kneel for the National Anthem was a step backwards for the president after he spent a year calling out the league for letting such protests continue.

“What? A message about supporting Super Bowl after NFL's anti-American rhetoric!”

Others argued that the President probably didn't write it; he was just in a hurry to get on the golf course.

Trump didn't respond to the comments about his statement. He did later take to Twitter to say, "Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on a great Super Bowl victory!" his tweet read.

Source: IJR
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