Did Trump stack the ‘Celebration of America’ with fake Eagles fans?

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One reporter said people at Trump’s event couldn’t say who the Eagles’ QB was.

As the drama between President Donald Trump and the Philadelphia Eagles peaked on Tuesday afternoon with the president’s hastily put together “Celebration of America” event, some people couldn’t help but wonder if the supposed fans of the team weren’t who the White House claimed they were.

The White House said multiple times that 1,000 fans of the Eagles were planning to attend an event where the team would be honored for winning the Super Bowl earlier this year.

However, while the crowd seemed much smaller than the 1,000 the White House said were scheduled to attend, some people on Twitter suspected the people who actually showed up may not have been the die-hard fans you might expect.

Trump abruptly canceled the event on Monday night, citing a disagreement between him and some of the players regarding protests during the national anthem, which are meant to shine a light on police brutality and oppression of people of color.

No Eagles players knelt during the anthem during the regular season or postseason.

The White House then released another statement where they blamed the team for promising to send only a handful of players to the event, saying that the Eagles “decided to abandon their fans.” To replace the scheduled event, Trump cobbled together a “Celebration of America” event where people gathered in front of the White House to listen to the national anthem and watch the president butcher the words to “God Bless America.”

While the event was meant to have Eagles fans in attendance, the internet is suspect any even showed up.

As one local reporter from Philadelphia pointed out, the people at Trump’s event didn’t know much about the Super Bowl winning team.

Then, of course, came the speculation that the White House had stacked the crowd to make his “Celebration of America” seem more popular, considering it was hastily put together. Slate reported that the people at the event “looked suspiciously like White House and Congressional interns.”

Others just mocked the whole situation.

But perhaps there were some actual Eagles fans in attendance. One man, who shouted at Trump at the beginning of his remarks, was apparently booed by those in attendance and called a “Cowboys fan,” according to CNN.

To be fair, that is probably something that fans of rival football teams would think is a stinging insult.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).