Lamar Jackson, President Trump exchange pleasantries on Twitter

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Pandemics makes strange bedfellows.

NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and President Donald Trump are in the midst of a friendly back and forth on Twitter.

It started when Lamar Jackson posted a video from 2018, featuring former Louisville teammate Jaire Alexander, who already had been picked by the Packers in round one, waiting with Jackson in the green room at the draft. On Saturday, the President re-tweeted Jackson’s tweet and said, “Really nice to see this and, what a great pick!

Jackson has since re-tweeted the Trump tweet, with the message “Truzz Trump.”

Jackson can tweet whatever he wants. And the same people who bristle when some say “stick to sports” should have nothing to say if/when Jackson decides to stick to sports. (Meanwhile, those who routinely say “stick to sports” may applaud Jackson’s gesture.)

That said, politics have become more polarized than ever before. Whether he realizes it or not, Jackson has assumed the risk of a very real backlash, especially from folks in Baltimore. Especially in light of the harsh things that the President said last year about the city Jackson now calls home.

43 responses to “Lamar Jackson, President Trump exchange pleasantries on Twitter

  1. I predict Lamar will get his first playoff win next season

  2. I’m sorry, I’m confused, what’s the meaning of Truzz, is that a good or a bad thing?

  3. Whether i agree with someone or not, i always think friendly dialogue is better than hostile dialogue

  4. It was a great pick, no doubt. It’s not political to agree with a politician if it’s about a non political statement & something so obviously, accurately, put.

  5. I’m from Baltimore and everything Trump said about Baltimore is true. In fact, it’s much worse than he said. Baltimore’s population has been going down for years because it’s terrible.

  6. Don’t have a horse in the race as to sticking to sports but do believe having the same standard for both sides. I don’t religiously read every post but I don’t believe I have seen the same lecture about an athlete who criticizes the president. Also seems someone is a bit thin skinned about that criticism. I personally don’t view Lamar’s comment as a political endorsement but more so a comment of support in a very difficult time. Plenty of blame on both sides but right now the most important thing is standing together.

  7. I get the snarky overtones of what is being said in this article and to this I’d say that the inverse also holds true. And by this I mean that those of us who applaud athletes for using their platforms to speak their minds on various socio-political issues should remember this before bashing Jackson for doing the same, if they so happen to disagree with his message. Touche.

  8. joshhatesthesteelers says:
    Pretty simple really, Truzz equals trust.
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    Thanks, Captain Obvious. The rest of us hadn’t cracked the code.
    It wasn’t a real question. People were merely using sarcasm to wonder why Lamar Jackson doesn’t stop worrying about his street cred, behave like an educated adult, and just write “trust.”

  9. Good for Jackson. He left politics out of it and retweeted an appreciative response to the presidents tweet. I think we can all respect that.

  10. Trump spoke about Baltimore’s leadership, not the people of Baltimore. And he was 100% right.

  11. And the same people who bristle when some say “stick to sports” should have nothing to say if/when Jackson decides to stick to sports.
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    I’m not seeing Jackson pushing any kind of political issue or lecturing to anyone. Good try, though.

  12. Pretty sure Jackson is fully aware that the “harsh things” the president said about Baltimore were 100% true and NEEDED to be said, since he LIVES THERE!

  13. Nothing wrong with a pleasant exchange, Jackson posted a video of his friend being excited for him getting draft, President Trump for whatever reason saw it, liked it, and responded in kind, then Jackson kindly responded to the response. Nbd, move on.

  14. Lamar doesn’t like Trump, I know from his Twitter. Actually kinda refreshing that he didn’t take the easy opportunity to blast him.

  15. dregonspengler says:
    April 18, 2020 at 2:32 pm
    It wasn’t a real question. People were merely using sarcasm to wonder why Lamar Jackson doesn’t stop worrying about his street cred, behave like an educated adult, and just write “trust.”
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    Probably because he filed a trademark on the word on Jan. 16 so that he could use it for clothing he plans on selling. Apparently, someone in Nevada has the trademark for “Truss,” so Jackson adapted accordingly. He also has the word tattooed on his chest. Mr. Jackson also filed trademarks for “The Lamar Jackson Experience,” “Era 8 by Lamar Jackson,” “Not bad for a running back” and “You are going to get a bowl out of me, believe that!”

    Not making this up. It was reported yesterday by one of the networks that carries NFL games.

  16. Just like actors, I don’t think athletes’ political affiliation matter.
    They matter to many people, unfortunately.

  17. On the day COVID-19 claimed the life of American victim number 38,000 this guy was tweeting about past draft picks???

  18. Glad someone explained the meaning of Truzz to us boomers. Could have googled it, but that saves me the effort.

    As a boomer I also like that J and T can play nice in the sandbox. Refreshing. Old lady Nancy can go back to that wonderland she calls Chinatown.

  19. Nbd, move on.

    Au contraire, it is a big deal and we owe Mike a hearty Thank you! for elevating it to a level where it can receive the proper criticism.

  20. hesarussianasshat says:

    On the day COVID-19 claimed the life of American victim number 38,000 this guy was tweeting about past draft picks???
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    Yeah, he wasted a whole five seconds.

  21. qckappa says:
    April 18, 2020 at 1:59 pm
    Whether i agree with someone or not, i always think friendly dialogue is better than hostile dialogue
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    ^^^^^ definitely a conservative ^^^^^

  22. OBP says:
    April 18, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Nothing wrong with a pleasant exchange, Jackson posted a video of his friend being excited for him getting draft, President Trump for whatever reason saw it, liked it, and responded in kind, then Jackson kindly responded to the response. Nbd, move on.
    ———-
    I like this comment. I just need to add the “for whatever reason saw it” answer. Trump’s campaign manager is a master of social media which led to his win in 2016. I see nothing really wrong with the tweets though and I’m not a big Trump fan. I also hope my answer is correct, cuz the last thing I want during a Pandemic is a POTUS spending too much time on twitter and watching TV no matter what party.

  23. Why wouldn’t a media outlet embrace the fact that a contemporary black figurehead is promoting trusting the president during these trying times?

  24. Really reaching reaching with this article, Mike. You must be all knowing since you seem to infer that his “cred” will take a hit. Anything, I guess, to stir up the pot.

    And BTW, President Trump was right about Baltimore. He was criticizing the leadership, not the people. The place is nasty.

  25. “I’m from Baltimore and everything Trump said about Baltimore is true. In fact, it’s much worse than he said. Baltimore’s population has been going down for years because it’s terrible.”

    Meanwhile, the Rust Belt & Deep South (a.k.a “Trump Country”) is ravaged by opiod abuse, divorce, domestic violence, & poverty. Read the book “Hellbilly Elegy” written by a native Kentuckian, ex-Marine turned investment banker. He wonders why a culture that claims to value family so much, can have such a high rate of divorce, spousal/child abuse, and infidelity.

  26. ” He wonders why a culture that claims to value family so much, can have such a high rate of divorce, spousal/child abuse, and infidelity.”

    It’s called “hypocrisy”.

  27. bsandersupthesidelinecutsbackinside says:
    April 18, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Meanwhile, the Rust Belt & Deep South (a.k.a “Trump Country”) is ravaged by opiod abuse, divorce, domestic violence, & poverty. Read the book “Hellbilly Elegy” written by a native Kentuckian, ex-Marine turned investment banker. He wonders why a culture that claims to value family so much, can have such a high rate of divorce, spousal/child abuse, and infidelity.

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    Braniac,

    Baltimore is part of the rust belt. As is Philly, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincy, L-ville and Detroit. Atlanta, Memphis, Miami and New Orleans are in the deep south. Liberal cities all.

    Divorce, spousal/child abuse and infidelity were thrust upon the American people as mainstream by the Hollywood liberal society. You may want to adjust your aim when shooting for ID markers on a group of people.

    As Trump said to Baltimore’s liberal leadership “Clean up your own house before criticizing mine.”

  28. Southpaw says:
    April 18, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Why wouldn’t a media outlet embrace the fact that a contemporary black figurehead is promoting trusting the president during these trying times?

    #########################

    Exactly.

  29. radar8 says:
    April 18, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    It’s called “hypocrisy”.

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    No. It’s called deflecting and blaming a group of people for the problems created by others. You know, like educating a couple generations of Americans to the credo of “If it feels good, do it.”

  30. As one of the people who has always pointed out that this sports site where people come to escape politics and many other things in life should stop having politics when they get here I still say it now. People were never asking the author to report the other side, they were asking to stop reporting either side. Unfortunately this tone deaf author thinks that just people that don’t agree with him. Its beyond his scope of understanding that people simply want a break from either/both sides of that nonsense. Not all of us are wrapped so tightly in our politics that we cant do our jobs without Working them into it. Not all if us are so emotionally vested that anything that does equal their own vehemence against what they hate is notably unacceptable. And to boot he takes that personally and is sitting here whining about it.

  31. “Truzz Trump” does NOT mean “Trust trump” it means “trust that what Trump said is true”.

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