This weekend the National Football League held its annual draft of college players, which is supposed to be a fun opportunity for fans to enjoy watching their favorite team get better. This morning Donald Trump decided that he wanted in on the fun, so he began tweeting about it. Naturally, he managed to do it in a horrible way.
Here’s what Donald Trump tweeted this morning: “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!” The trouble here is that Nick Bosa was merely the second pick in the draft. Trump decided to completely ignore the first pick in the draft.
Kyler Murray was the first pick. He managed to break new ground, going first overall in the NFL Draft after having also been selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Nick Bosa went second in the NFL Draft, and while he’s also a very strong player, he’s best known for his past racist tweets, including an attack on Colin Kaepernick. It goes without saying that Bosa is also an outspoken Trump supporter, because with a racist attitude like that, why wouldn’t he be?
Nick Bosa is a 21 year old kid who has since apologized for his tweets and deleted them. Perhaps he’ll grow up and grow out of it. You can judge him however you want. But he’s not the story here. The story is that the President of the United States made a point of congratulating the second overall pick, a white guy with a racist history, while ignoring the first pick, a black guy. Donald Trump recently bragged about how “transparent” he is. Yep, he’s transparently racist.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report