Donald Trump is a terrible president but he’s a world class generator of absurd news cycles.
This week’s fiasco took the shape of an honorary dinner held at the White House for members of Clemson University’s championship-winning football team. Due to the ongoing government shutdown that Trump himself forced and is prolonging, there wasn’t enough staff at the White House to serve the student athletes a proper, classy dinner.
Instead Trump bragged that he’d saved the day by personally buying 1,000 “Hamberders” for the players; a spread consisting of Wendy’s, McDonalds, Burger King, and Domino’s pizza, all presumably nice and cold.
(That said it’s well-documented that Trump’s diet consists almost exclusively of fast food, which he holds in very high regard, so he may have wanted to serve them burgers regardless of the shutdown.)
Little was known about how the players themselves felt about being served cheap, unhealthy fast food at their honorary dinner until now. In a video that’s making the rounds on Twitter a player can be heard expressing surprise and saying he thought that the news that Trump would be serving them fast food was “a joke.”
LISTEN CLOSELY: "I thought it was a joke," says Clemson athlete upon learning the White House was serving him Wendy's.pic.twitter.com/bRNRhLmDBF— Ʀogue US Mint (@RogueUSMint) January 15, 2019
Welcome to reality, kid. Would you like fries with that?
Look at how dressed up they all are. For self serve McDonalds.💔— Sue (@McSueb) January 15, 2019
Luckily for the Clemson Tigers another TV personality other than our President is coming to their dietary rescue.
Former professional football player and current host of Good Morning America Michael Strahan took the opportunity presented by Trump’s fumble to offer the Clemson players a fancy do-over dinner in New York City, complete with lobster, saying:
“We’re going to give you the proper meal that you deserve.”
ATTENTION @ClemsonFB: @michaelstrahan has a very important announcement for you! Should we expect to see you in Times Square for lobster AND caviar soon?#QTNA #GMADay https://t.co/W1vUNMab63 pic.twitter.com/fwPlNxERyb— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 15, 2019
It was a classy move and people appreciated it.
That is a splendid act. Thank you Michael for honoring these kids as they should be. Feeding them junk food was an afterthought by this administration. https://t.co/KVkMvQB8sY— Alberto P. Abreus (@AlbertoAbreus) January 16, 2019
This is the way you treat champions!!! https://t.co/GtNWu0ca3M— Dosmuzic (@Dosmuzic) January 16, 2019