DC mayor again breaks with president, invites Warriors to city
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After President Trump sent out a series of tweets criticizing NFL players for protesting during the national anthem and dis-inviting basketball player Stephen Curry to the White House, Muriel Bowser tweeted a statement inviting Curry’s team, the Golden State Warriors, to DC.
The tweet, which tagged Curry specifically, stated, “We are proud to be our nation’s capital. We welcome over 20 million visitors a year (…) we welcome all to visit our museums, our monuments, our restaurants and our thriving neighborhoods if they do so peacefully and respectfully. While you’re here, Warriors, we are happy to identify ways for you to celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion — what we call DC values.”
Oakland’s Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship earlier this year, and the winning team traditionally travels to the White House the following February.
The mayor’s statement did not mention Trump or Curry by name, but it finished, “And if anyone ever tells you that you cannot come to DC, tell them Mayor Bowser invited you.”
This has been interpreted as a direct rebuke of Trump, who had tweeted Saturday, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
Bowser has publicly broken with Trump before, most notably in January of this year when she affirmed DC was a sanctuary city, despite Trump having signed an executive order that threatened to withhold federal funds from cities that declined to help track down and deport undocumented immigrants.