President Donald Trump demonstrated his racism again on Saturday morning just a day after praising neo-Nazis as “very fine people” for the second time the day before, by congratulating the racist white number two NFL draft pick while ignoring the black number one pick.
Nick Bosa did not even play during the 2018 college football season and his character is highly questionable because of his racist posts on social media, particularly toward blackballed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Yet, the same team that released Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers, drafted Bosa anyway with the second pick in the NFL Draft.
On Saturday, Trump rushed to congratulate Bosa:
Congratulations to Nick Bosa on being picked number two in the NFL Draft. You will be a great player for years to come, maybe one of the best. Big Talent! San Francisco will embrace you but most importantly, always stay true to yourself. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2019
The problem is that while Trump focused on Bosa, he completely ignored Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, who was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the number one pick.
One would think the president would at least congratulate both men, if not just the top pick. But Murray just so happens to be black while Bosa is a racist white guy who shares Trump’s enthusiasm for targeting Kaepernick.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
Bosa recently deleted tweets in which he called Colin Kaepernick a “clown,” referred to Beyonce’s music as “complete trash” and called “Black Panther” the worst Marvel movie. On Thursday, the website Blacksportsonline posted threads showing Bosa following and liking accounts that feature white nationalist posts. The twitter feed @rzstprogramming showed Bosa retweeted a tweet referring to “crappernick.”
Bosa has since deleted his offensive posts, but drew outrage by claiming that he only did it because he might be drafted by the 49ers, not because he is sorry for his behavior.
“I was a little insensitive in some of the things I said,” Bosa recently claimed during a conference call. “So, I’ve learned a lot in the past few months, and I’m just ready to move forward from that, put it in the past and bring the faithful some wins.”
That might be hard for some of Bosa’s new teammates since many of them played with and supported Kaepernick, who made national headlines by kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against people of color. Trump has been throwing a tantrum about the protest ever since, and so has Bosa.
But while Bosa seems like he’s ready to move past his racism, Trump clearly has no intention of doing the same. After all, he just doubled down on referring to neo-Nazis as “very fine people” not even two years after Nazis murdered counter-protester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump’s remarks angered members of the 2019 NCAA champion University of Virginia (UVA) basketball team, which contributed to the decision by the team to decline an invitation to the White House.
“We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House. With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from UVA, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together. We would have to respectfully decline an invitation.” – Tony Bennett
— Virginia Men’s Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) April 26, 2019
Trump’s decision to praise Bosa only confirms that UVA made the right call.
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