The World Series champion Washington Nationals visited the White House on Monday. One team member made a big statement and rocked a MAGA hat while raising his arms in triumph.
That team member was Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki, who said "I love you all" to the crowd.
"I love you all! Thank you!"
Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki walks up to a microphone outside the White House and whips out a #MAGA hat.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 4, 2019
Suzuki broke the trend of professional athletes ripping President Trump and refusing to visit the White House after their championship.
More on the story from Daily Wire:
It has been all too common in recent years for professional athletes on championship-winning teams to refuse to visit the Trump White House. Ss recently as last week Nationals’ pitcher Sean Doolittle stated he would not join the team when they visited the White House, telling The Washington Post, “There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country. My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the ‘s***hole countries.’ At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.”
He added, “People say you should go because it’s about respecting the office of the president. And I think over the course of his time in office he’s done a lot of things that maybe don’t respect the office.”
Speaking of racism and white supremacy, Doolittle said, “The rhetoric, time and time again, has enabled those kind of behaviors. That never really went away, but it feels like now people with those beliefs, they maybe feel a little bit more empowered. They feel like they have a path, maybe. I don’t want to hang out with somebody who talks like that.”
Prior to that, in June 2018 the Trump White House announced the Philadelphia Eagles were officially disinvited from the White House after only a few committed to visit to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. That prompted then-Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James during the NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors to state, “I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”
U.S. Women’s Soccer Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe infamously stated, “I’m not going to the f—— White House.” Rapinoe’s comment triggered Trump to tweet, “Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!”
It's great to see professional athletes that are proud of their country and their president. Even though this was probably ruffled the feathers of some of his teammates, it was great to see Suzuki stand for something he believes in.
Then there is Colby Covington the UFC fighter. The MAGA-loving mixed martial artist takes every chance he gets to show love for our President. Here he is reading Don Jr's new book during a press conference to promote his next fight.
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) November 1, 2019
Congratulations to Kurt Suzuki for not only winning the World Series but also having the balls to show his support for President Trump.