A play on words overshadowed play on the field Friday at the Cutter Morning Star High School football game versus Bismarck.
Jennifer Cameron, a cheerleading parent, read the sign aloud: “It says ‘make America great again, trump those Lions.'”
Eagles cheerleaders took a page out of Donald Trump’s playbook while making the sign that players run through prior to kickoff.
“I thought it was a very clever idea that the girls came up with,” Cameron says.
Cameron snapped a photo of it and shared it on Facebook.
“I had a lot of people ask me to make it public so they could share it because they loved it,” Cameron says.
Shares multiplied and so did reactions. The sign scored with some but drew a flag from others.
“They were saying it was disgusting and high school shouldn’t be doing that, making it political,” Cameron says of some of the people who commented with opposition.
One of those opposing the sign wrote online that by mentioning Trump, the sign became political. Cameron disagrees.
“By no means were 16 and 17-year-old cheerleaders trying to make it political” Cameron says.
“They were just trying to come up with a catchy saying.”
Cutter Morning Star Superintendent, Dr. Nancy Anderson, didn’t know about the sign until she saw it at the game. She says the cheerleaders got the idea from Pinterest.
She declined to comment further but did mention she received emails Monday from parents of the opposing team.
The Cutter Morning Star football team hosts the Hector Wildcats this coming Friday.
“We’ve got some pretty creative cheerleaders so who knows what will happen,” Cameron says.