It did not go unnoticed on Twitter Saturday morning that president Donald Trump was quick to congratulate a white football player who was selected second in the NFL pro draft — while ignoring the black player who was drafted first after winning the Heisman Trophy.
On Saturday Trump skipped over Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, selected first by the Arizona Cardinals, to heap praise on Ohio State’s Nick Bosa who has been a critic of former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who Trump loathes over his kneeling protests.
Trump tweeted, “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!”
Twitter users were quick to point out Trump’s omission of Murray and to point out that Bosa has a history of promoting white nationalist Twitter accounts.
You can see some tweets below:
You do realize that another player went #1 overall in the draft, right ahead of Bosa, right?
His name is Kyler Murray pic.twitter.com/xiOkXTMm3Y
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) April 27, 2019
someone who believes that white supremacists protesting imaginary grievances by plowing cars into crowds are "very fine people" but black athletes respectfully kneeling to protest centuries of systemic racism are "sons of bitches" just might be a toxic waste dump of a person
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 27, 2019
And Congratulations to you for being picked #2 in the 2016 US President Draft!
— Ryan Hammon (@ryanhammon) April 27, 2019
Remember Nick Bosa was the fool that called Kapernick “clown” for taking a stand…makes sense why clown-in-chief congratulates him. He saw one of his own getting a new position.
— Elinor (@Elinor2006) April 27, 2019
Oh, of course he gets a congrats, he’s white
— Roy (@guiltymuse) April 27, 2019
I think you are also a number two.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) April 27, 2019
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) April 27, 2019
guess he was the second most popular option too
— eric riley (@ericrileyy) April 27, 2019
Your favorite white boy was drafted second. I like players who were drafted first.
— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) April 27, 2019
You’ll never be in the club, Donald.
— Jamie Schiappucci (@jambu2525) April 27, 2019