President Donald Trump Tuesday endorsed the as-yet undeclared congressional candidacy of former baseball great Curt Schilling, who helped lead his teams to World Series championships four times.
Schilling in his post-baseball years has become a far right wing political commentator who has endorsed Donald Trump and who even promotes the false QAnon conspiracy theory.
Despite Schilling’s horrific history, President Donald Trump felt the need to praise him on Twitter – while making it clear the president saw him on “Fox and Friends.”
Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
Many immediately took to Twitter to provide an important background check.
Among them, Parkland massacre survivor and activist David Hogg, who alluded to, as Yahoo News reported, the fact Schilling last year retweeted “a conspiracy theory that alleges one of the survivors from the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. was actually a paid crisis actor.”
He claimed parkland was a hoax
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) August 13, 2019
Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah pointed to a 2016 Washington Post piece titled, “The radicalization of Curt Schilling,”
Trump of course praises a guy fired for his anti-LGBT comments and for demonizing Muslims – Im surprised Trump doesn’t simply hire him to be his spokesperson: https://t.co/cx2Q55Ywc0
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 13, 2019
Schilling at the time had just lost his ESPN gig after sharing on Facebook a vile transphobic meme, making clear what direction he was going to take his career in.
“Let him in!” the tweet read. “To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
— Outsports (@outsports) April 19, 2016
And here are some more responses to Trump’s endorsement of Schilling’s potential congressional run:
So, if you’re an athlete like Lebron James, you should “shut up and dribble,”
but if you’re an athlete that gets fired from ESPN for being a homophobic xenophobe, like Curt Schilling, you should run for Congress? Got it. https://t.co/80Ua6JueCH
— Brandon Besserer (@BrandonBesserer) August 13, 2019
Trump is now encouraging well known bigot, sketchy businessman and Nazi memorabilia collector Curt Schilling to infiltrate Arizona and spread his swampy message. I don’t think so. https://t.co/gzJ9kofs2u https://t.co/OWcQI4Ipob
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 13, 2019
Four years ago I came across Curt Schilling selling pieces from his Nazi memorabilia collection and wrote about it. Now @realDonaldTrump is encouraging him to run for Congress. https://t.co/8NB7CYCKOa
— ☆ ☆ (@lilsarg) August 13, 2019
Considering Schilling managed to drive a video game company into bankruptcy during the height of the video game boom and then got the RI taxpayers to eat $75 million of his debt, he’s actually the perfect Trumpian candidate. Good luck, AZ! https://t.co/4SxWuHnARZ
— John Rogers (@jonrog1) August 13, 2019
<blinks in disbelief>
…the guy who basically defrauded Rhode Island for 75 million dollars?
I’ve met that guy. He’s white male privilege distilled into human form. ‘Nice’ in a ‘only if I can empathize with you due to us being the same’ kind of way and horrible to anyone else. https://t.co/9tbcVuCPQ9
— SwarmOfBeesInADress (@OMGBeesInADress) August 13, 2019
White supremacists gotta stick together, right?! https://t.co/NRn35aR9rE
— Matt Rogers (@Politidope) August 13, 2019
You forgot “racist”. Schilling is racist just like you. https://t.co/V8BUTz2l87
— BlueJaysTwit (@bluejaystwit) August 13, 2019
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Speaking with hosts John Avlon and Alisyn Camerota, former President Bill Clinton communications director Joe Lockhart seemed visibly angry that it was shown at a conservative sanctioned event that featured Sarah Sanders and Don Trump Jr. as speakers.
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