Washington, DC – Donald Trump’s presidency has already started off on a controversial foot, as the president-elect spent an inordinate amount of time during the ceremony and Oath of Office praising the decision to keep the 76ers talented, young center Joel Embiid off of the Eastern Conference’s all-star roster.
Trump ensured an awkward beginning to his term during the Oath of Office, when he decided it necessary to tack on a comment to end of the sacred oath.
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and to uphold the will of the people to keep Joel Embiid out of the 2017 NBA All-Star game,” Trump said, as a murmur spread through the near 800,000 witnesses to the inauguration.
His comment was forgotten quickly, however, as those in attendance believed they misheard the 45th President’s comments.
They were proven wrong when Trump spent several minutes of his inauguration speech discussing Embiid’s performance this year.
“It takes him three years to get to the NBA, first of all, and he doesn’t play more than 28 minutes a night, or on back to back days? Sad. Very sad. He doesn’t deserve the honor of being an All-Star and if he somehow makes it in as a reserve due to injury I’ll use an Executive Order to keep him out. This is a sad, sad Process. I don’t trust it,” Trump said in his opening comments.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I fear the fan vote was rigged, I really do. No way Embiid got more than Kevin Love, this is just a rigged election by the left. It really is. Sad,” he said.
Trump continued, holding up a poster of Embiid at one point and deriding the appearance of the beloved 22-year-old.
“Are you telling me he has the look of an all-star? Too much flash, not enough substance. I bet my hands are bigger than his, what do you think, Melania? Yep, definitely bigger. He’s a loser. He’s WRONG. He’s not an all-star,” Trump said, before ripping the poster in two.
“He’s about as effective on the court as this guy is, am I right everyone?” Trump said, curling up his hands and flopping them around ineffectively as he pointed to a disabled man in the front row of the crowd.
Trump’s approval rating plummeted to a historic low of 6% after his inauguration.
After his remarks, Embiid tweeted a photoshop of him dunking over the president and Embiid’s approval rating rose to 99%.