After Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the smaller Eagles delegation that was planning to visit him had been disinvited, the White House issued a statement on Wednesday morning stating that, "the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans."
What fans were those exactly?
President Trump's statement yesterday said that 1,000 fans planned to attend the event prior to the cancelation and that they would instead be treated to a celebration of America. Sarah Sanders said today that "well over 1,000 of Eagles fans traveled and took time out of their schedules" to be there.
So where were all of the Eagles fans that the team allegedly abandoned?
Tough to say.
There were plenty of suits in the crowd. But not a lot of green.
Reports from ABC indicated that, the "White House blasted an email to all staffers this morning inviting them to attend the event" and that many in attendance actually "had [White House] badges tucked into jackets & shirts."
Other reporters received a lot of "blank stares" from the crowd when attempting to find people actually from Philadelphia.
Perhaps the biggest indication in the lack of Birds fans was this viral tweet from NBC10's Tim Furlong, "I've asked 6 of the "fans" at the White House who was the
@Eagles quarterback during the super bowl. Not ONE person knew."
You can see Furlong's report from Washington below in which he said he saw literally only one or two pieces of Eagles memorabilia, but you won't see many Eagles fans in that either.
Who were the fans on the White House lawn for Tuesday's replacement "celebration" in lieu of the @Eagles event? @TFurlong didn't find many underdogs there. #FlyEaglesFly
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— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) June 5, 2018