Students React to Trump-Curry Tweetstorm

Tweet1President Donald Trump took aim at Stephen Curry, one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. Trump disinvited Curry, the leader of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors,  from the White House and directly inserted himself into a fiery debate over race, social justice, and athlete activism through his comments in social media.

On a series of tweets recently, Donald Trump seemed to disinvite the NBA champion Stephen Curry from the White House. It is customary for champions of professional sports leagues, such as the NBA, NHL and NFL, to be invited to the White House by the President to recognize their achievement. Trump seemed to disinvite Curry due to the public criticism Curry has expressed about Trump.

Tweet2On social media, many fans were supportive to the President, as opposed to most pro athletes, whose reactions were immediate and impassioned. Many high-profile athletes, like LeBron James, denounced the President.  LeBron James tweeted his support of Curry and his opposition to the President.

We wanted to know what Northwood students thought of the controversy. Is Twitter the right place to have these type of arguments? What does an invite to the White House mean? Should we train politics through sports?

Matthew Gerst 18’ hasn’t followed the Twitter argument closely, but he pointed out that Trump “has more important things to do.” Gerst didn’t think the disinvite was a big deal, but he thinks the whole argument is interesting, but ridiculous.

Will Arquiett is a junior who follows Trump on Twitter, and has followed the Steph Curry matter closely on social media. Twitter for Will seemed like a childish place for two adults to settle their differences. He was critical of LeBron for calling President Trump “U bum.” A President should be respected, he said. When asked about disinvite of Stephen Curry, Will said, “Most players should be honored to visit the White House, but I can see why the actions of President Trump have changed that view.”

Elijah Devereaux, a sophomore who follows both President Trump and Stephen Curry on Twitter, said Trump is using too much social media and not concentrating on bigger problems. When asked about the meaning of an invite to the White House,  Devereaux said, “It’s an honor to go to the White House. You should want to go.” He added that he understood Curry’s criticism of the President, but going to the White House is too great a privilege, and using Twitter as a platform for debate wasn’t the best choice.

Jack Pensa is a senior who hasn’t followed the argument between Curry and Trump closely, other than reading the tweets they both have posted. Jack thinks Trump’s use of social media is “kinda ridiculous, since he’s a president. I don’t understand why he is using Twitter to argue with other adults.” Furthermore, Pensa felt that traditions like inviting championship teams and players shouldn’t be changed.

Logan Stewart is another senior who hasn’t followed the argument between Curry and Trump very closely. Regarding Trump disinviting Curry from the white house, Stewart said, “I don’t really approve of it, because it is based on a personal matter, but if it was because of [Curry] disrespecting the country, I would lean more towards Trump.” Additionally, Stewart said that Trump has the right to pursue politics through sports, since he’s the President.

Opinions on the great Curry-Trump debate of 2017 vary widely, but all of the students we spoke to agree that Twitter and social media are not the appropriate place for adults to settle their arguments.

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