President Donald Trump offers support for Trevor Lawrence, others wanting to play
Surprise surprise, President Donald Trump has something to say on Twitter about the potential cancellation of the 2020 college football season.
Taking to Twitter, as he often does, Trump showed his support for the #WeWantToPlay movement started by college football players yesterday. Retweeting Trevor Lawrence’s statement, Trump focused on how hard the players have worked thus far:
The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled. #WeWantToPlay
Consistently focusing on the economy and “getting back to normal” over the virus which has ravaged the country since February, Trump has been consistent in his desire to have the college football and NFL seasons go ahead without any delay like normal. In another tweet, Trump simply said “Play College Football!”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also put out a statement from the president:
“The president would very much like to see college football safely resume their sport … they work their whole lives for this moment and he’d like to see [these athletes] live out their dreams,” McEnany said.
Trump’s focus on wanting to get college football underway is not surprising. Not only would it be a way to try to get the country moving forward and to try to forget the still-ravaging coronavirus, but this is also a political play, as college football is a big part of the lives of his most ardent supporters, primarily in the south. this is not the first time he has used sports as a way to speak to his base this year.
He has taken the actions of various sports groups on social matters, especially the NBA and NASCAR, as talking points on Twitter and in rallies. This trend does not seem to have any indication of slowing down.