Calling the move a “disgrace,” former President Donald Trump blasted the decision by the Cleveland Indians to change their name to the “Guardians.”
“Can anybody believe that the Cleveland Indians, a storied and cherished baseball franchise since taking the name in 1915, are changing their name to the Guardians? Such a disgrace, and I guarantee that the people who are most angry about it are the many Indians of our Country,” Trump said in a statement on Friday.
The baseball franchise announced the name change in a two-minute video posted to Twitter on Friday. The move follows a decade long battle between the team and left-wing opponents, who have decried the name as “racist.”
“Wouldn’t it be an honor to have a team named the Cleveland Indians, and wouldn’t it be disrespectful to rip that name and logo off of those jerseys? The people of Cleveland cannot be thrilled and I, as a FORMER baseball fan, cannot believe things such as this are happening,” Trump continued.
The move is not the first time this year that Major League Baseball has given in to the demands of far-left and “woke” activists. Earlier this year, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred elected to move the All-Star game out of Georgia after many left-wing objectors decried the state’s new election security bill. When making the announcement, Manfred claimed that MLB “supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
“A small group of people, with absolutely crazy ideas and policies, is forcing these changes to destroy our culture and heritage. At some point, the people will not take it anymore!” Trump added of the decision.
The franchise has not set a clear timetable for when the name-change will go into effect.
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