President Donald Trump on Wednesday posted a message on Twitter suggesting that UCLA basketball players whom he helped free after they were allegedly caught shoplifting in China owed him a debt of gratitude.
"Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump?" the president wrote. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!"
The failing @nytimes hates the fact that I have developed a great relationship with World leaders like Xi Jinping, President of China.....— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1510763739.0
This isn't the first time that Trump has suggested that black athletes are insufficiently grateful to be living in the United States, as the president sounded a similar theme in his attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest against police brutality in the United States.
After Fox News posted a tweet about the president's remarks, many Fox fans were quick to pick up on this particular subtext -- and many replied to the tweet by calling out the three players as "ungrateful thugs."
President @realDonaldTrump: Waiting for a 'Thank you' from 3 UCLA basketball players back in US… https://t.co/3hrY7A1E1o— Fox News (@Fox News) 1510763107.0
Read some of the top reactions below.
@FoxNews @realDonaldTrump Love him or not...These kids owe @POTUS big time!— Jeannette Williams (@Jeannette Williams) 1510763242.0
@FoxNews @realDonaldTrump These BB players haven't shown a capacity to think beyond their sense of entitlement...so no, don't expect it...— 👻GhostofTheGrizz (@👻GhostofTheGrizz) 1510763265.0
@FoxNews @realDonaldTrump No. And at some point they will bad mouth the US or desecrate our flag.— Ride or Die (@Ride or Die) 1510763274.0
@FoxNews @realDonaldTrump He shouldn’t bother. These athletes are all ungrateful thugs who should’ve never been let… https://t.co/HQoxS3XUe0— Lawrence Polyakov (@Lawrence Polyakov) 1510763227.0
@FoxNews @realDonaldTrump Bratty, thankless kids!— Auntie Mame (@Auntie Mame) 1510763244.0
@FoxNews @realDonaldTrump No they will be ungrateful!— EMaxx (@EMaxx) 1510763700.0
@FoxNews @realDonaldTrump C'mon boys, do the right thing and acknowledge that you have a President that showed comp… https://t.co/3BcWhJpkvb— Michele ☆☆☆ (@Michele ☆☆☆) 1510763560.0
@FoxNews @realDonaldTrump These three theives probably have an attitude of entitlement and ungrateful. Thank goodne… https://t.co/rk5Dh0GcQS— Blossom (@Blossom) 1510764592.0
@FoxNews @realDonaldTrump No I don't think theses boy's are going to say Thank you for your Help Mr. President. If… https://t.co/OkePLYkgHR— James,MH3 (*Blue checkmark) since 2012 (@James,MH3 (*Blue checkmark) since 2012) 1510764147.0
@FoxNews @realDonaldTrump NO ..they just like that he bailed them out.They feel BLACK PRIVILEGED. No thz necessary.— Dr. donovan #MAGA (@Dr. donovan #MAGA) 1510763429.0