Rob Drake, a longtime MLB umpire, tweeted out on Tuesday that he plans on buying an AR-15 while anticipating President Trump’s impeachment.
In the quickly deleted tweet, Rob Drake said:
“I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL (sic) WAR!!! #MAGA2020”
The tweet before it that was issued earlier in the night said:
“You can’t do an impeachment inquiry from the basement of Capital (sic) Hill without even a vote! What is going on in this country?”
Many fans came out and ripped the umpire for going public with his political opinions. Others said that he has the right to express his opinions. You know, the usual stuff on Twitter.
More on the story from ESPN:
In a statement Wednesday night, the Major League Baseball Umpires Association said Drake chose the “wrong way” to express himself while showing support for all umpires.
“Rob is a passionate individual and an outstanding umpire. He chose the wrong way to convey his opinion about our great country,” the umpires’ association said. “His posting does not represent the view of the MLBUA or reflect those of the umpires we represent.
“The MLBUA supports all of the umpires who ensure fair play in the greatest game on earth. We are a group of individuals with diverse opinions and beliefs, united in our desire to continue our excellence officiating MLB games.”
Drake, 50, made his major league debut in 1999 and has been a full-time major league umpire since 2010. He worked postseason games in 2010 and 2012 through ’15, and was on the crew at the All-Star Game in 2013.
Born in Pennsylvania, Drake now lives in Arizona.
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Obviously this MLB umpire went to extreme measures in his support of President Trump, but overall this is a big deal out of nothing.