So it’s come to this. A professional athlete now qualifies as an Ethics Hero for expressing respect and admiration for the President of the United States while being honored at the White House.
Good job, everybody!
Yes, this is emblematic of the harm “the resistance” has inflicted on the nation and the culture. During a ceremony on the South Lawn, the President Trump introduced a number of Nationals players and invited them to the podium. Asked by Trump Suzuki to “say a couple words,” the Nats catcher pulled out his MAGA hat and put it on, prompting the President to shout, “I love him!” and to give him a hug.
Of course, this spontaneous moment triggered a meltdown among the Axis of Unethical Conduct, especially on social media. Suzuki’s twitter feed transformed into an orgy of hate. Apparently furious that the Capital’s baseball team had the gall to be respectful to its most important resident, a doctored video circulated on Twitter supposedly showing star pitcher and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg snubbing President Trump by not immediately shaking the president’s hand after speaking. Strasburg quickly declared the deceptively edited clip “fake news,” and sure enough, the real footage confirms Strasburg shook hands with the President at the podium.
Here’s a typical deranged Twitter reaction, from political journalist and blogger Robert Palmer:
Banned from baseball! I’m not sure which is more amazing, that a journalist would publicly make such an idiotic statement, or that anyone would take him seriously ever again after he did. Palmer added, “If you don’t like this tweet, fuck you.”
Suzuki finally made his twitter feed private yesterday after tiring of all the abuse from the Deranged, like D.C. writer Charlotte Clymer, who wrote,
“Not gonna lie: having spent the past decade cheering on the Nats and the last several months obsessed w/ their playoff journey, it’s pretty heartbreaking to see Kurt Suzuki and company go far beyond polite reception and cozying up to a monster who hates people like me.”
Suzuki wasn’t alone: Ryan Zimmerman, the Nats’ longest serving member, presented the President with a Nats jersey and said, “This is an incredible honor I’d like to think none of us will ever forget. We’d also like to thank you for keeping everyone here safe in our country and continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world.”
Wow. What a horrible person! No, I’m joshing. THIS is a horrible person: