Even as the minority of Americans who still support Donald Trump have spent the day whining that they don’t want politics to be intertwined with the entertainment value of the Super Bowl, there’s no looking past the fact that they voted for a TV reality star. And as the Super Bowl has begun to play out this evening, it’s becoming clear that — intentional or otherwise — the entire proceedings are one big middle finger to Trump and everything he stands for.
Before the game, the NFL trotted out the cast of the Broadway play Hamilton, who have previously lectured Trump’s vice president Mike Pence to his face over the administration’s racist policies. Then the league celebrated the Hall of Fame players who attended historically black colleges and universities, highlighting its multiethnic nature. One of the first commercials from Coca Cola was partly in the Spanish language, as a show of international unity, in direct defiance of Trump’s racist Muslim ban and racist Mexican wall. And then the NFL wheeled out President George H.W. Bush, who famously crossed party lines to vote for Hillary Clinton just to try to stop Donald Trump from taking office.
This is all before getting to whatever kind of political statement Lady Gaga may be clandestinely planning for her Super Bowl halftime show. Word has it that she’s been officially barred by the NFL from doing so, but there would really be nothing to stop her from making a statement against Donald Trump and his policies during her halftime performance, which will air live. Also, Budweiser is expected to air a pro-immigration commercial in defiance of Trump.
Meanwhile, even as Donald Trump has made clear that he’s rooting for the New England Patriots due to his friendship with quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick, and team owner Robert Kraft, it turns out the Atlanta Falcons had the first big play of the Super Bowl.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report