President Trump recently hosted Clemson University’s football team to celebrate their win over Alabama and securing the College Football National Championship. Due to the ongoing government shut down, the president bought the food for the event which featured a large fast-food spread.
Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House. Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamburgers etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019
However, Star Trek Alum George Takei took issue with the food the White House presented to the winning team. He described it as “stingy” and a “national trauma.”
The White House dinner for the Clemson Tigers summed up our national trauma perfectly: An isolated, self-proclaimed billionaire, ever stingy when paying the tab, forces real heroes to listen to him drone on senselessly, making this about him while their food goes cold and soggy.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 15, 2019
Was it That Bad?
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence loved the spread and was going back for more. I
Lawrence told TMZ, “It was awesome. We had McDonalds and everything. It was good!”
While taking pictures with fans, Lawrence also revealed he hopes to return to the White House as a champion again, “Hopefully, a few more!”
McDonald’s and High End Athletes
Was the fast-food spread really that big of a deal though? Currently, the federal government is in the midst of a partial government shut down which didn’t allow White House staff to prepare a meal for the Clemson team.
President Trump opted to just grab food that he figured players would enjoy. Something down to Earth and easy going. Was he wrong? QB Trevor Lawrence didn’t seem to think so.
In fact, high end athletes seem to enjoy McDonald’s. Newsweek reported at the most recent summer Olympics in Brazil, the McDonald’s located at the Olympic Village “had to impose a cap on the number of items a single Olympian can order. That number is 20.”
There were long lines of athletes trying to get their McDonald’s!
— Ron Rayburn (@RonRayburn) August 11, 2016
Takei and Hollywood
Like many in the entertainment industry, this isn’t an isolated incident for George Takei. In the past the former Star Trek: TOS star has been quite critical of the administration for what he perceives as anti-LGBT actions such as the order to evaluate the position of transgender personnel in the military.
Donald: With your ban on trans people from the military, you are on notice that you just pissed off the wrong community. You will regret it.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 26, 2017
While Takei has made it a point to target Donald Trump on multiple occasions, he’s had to deal with accusations made against him. Last year he was accused of sexual misconduct. But around that time Takei was facing some issues of his own as he was accused of sexual misconduct by Scott R. Brunton.
What do you make of Takei’s comments? Do you think serving McDonald’s to the National Champions is a part of a “national trauma?”