A January 2019 dinner hosted at the White House for the Clemson University football team, winners of the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship, provided more fodder for someone looking to score cheap points by invoking cultural stereotypes.
Shortly following the team’s visit celebrating their national championship victory over Alabama on 7 January 2019, an unidentified Twitter user posted a ginned-up graphic featuring a photograph of Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence above a statement chiding critics of President Donald Trump’s decision to provide fast food at the event:
Clemson QB speaks out to defend America
President Trump got all our favorite foods, it was the best meal we ever had. Then we go and see the coastal elite media trashing it for not being organic vegan. We’re football players, not bloggers. This was a perfect blue collar party.
The bogus quote was spread thousands of times on the social media platform, before Lawrence debunked it on his own account saying, “I never said this by the way … I don’t know where it came from. However the trip to the White House was awesome!”:
I never said this by the way… I don’t know where it came from.
However the trip to the White House was awesome! https://t.co/dhYzZpSNUD
— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) January 15, 2019
The account that posted the fake quote is no longer available on Twitter.
The president was criticized online for serving fast food to the Tigers instead of something prepared by White House staff. However, the workers who would have made such a meal were furloughed as a result of the partial federal government shutdown that began in December 2018.
Lawrence, though, was positive about the dinner, telling told the gossip site TMZ that “It was awesome. We had McDonald’s and everything. It was good.”
Schwartz, Matthew S. “Feast Fit for a Burger King: Trump Serves Fast Food to College Football Champs.”
NPR. 15 January 2019.
TMZ “Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence: I Loved Trump’s Fast Food … Can’t Wait to Come Back!”
15 January 2019.