World Series Pitcher Refuses Trump Invite Like A Literal Pro

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The president had a really tough night at game five of the World Series in D.C. last week when he received boos and chants of “lock him up” from the crowd after being introduced to the arena from the stands. Undoubtedly, Trump wanted to be down on the field, on a full-on rally stage to receive his praise, but he likely ended up happy he was able to sneak out after just an hour.

Now, the pitcher from one of the teams who played that night has turned down an invitation from the president to attend a White House event.

According to Washington Post:

The Washington Nationals accepted an invitation to visit President Trump at the White House on Monday for the traditional champions celebration, less than a week after ­winning their first World Series.

But one prominent team member, reliever Sean Doolittle, already has said he does not plan to attend, the latest example of the highly politicized nature of such ceremonial events during Trump’s presidency.

Doolittle had no problem explaining his reasoning behind refusing the president’s invitation in the middle of such a tumultuous time for the country. This is what the pitcher said:

“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 ‘shithole countries,’ ” Doolittle said, mimicking when Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” in a January 2018 meeting.

“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,” Doolittle continued. “I just can’t do it.”

What a guy. For real.

Doolittle, who has a real problem with Trump’s attacks on the LGBTQ community, said this about the issues close to his heart:

“I want to show support for them. I think that’s an important part of allyship, and I don’t want to turn my back on them,” Doolittle said. “I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and [Trump] is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter. How would I explain that to him that I hung out with somebody who mocked the way that he talked, or the way that he moves his hands? I can’t get past that stuff.”

When asked about the backlash he’s facing for not going to the White House, Doolittle responds with class:

“People say you should go because it’s about respecting the office of the president,” Doolittle said. “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.”

“The rhetoric, time and time again, has enabled those kind of behaviors,” Doolittle continued, referring to racism and white supremacy. “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.”

“I don’t want to get mad online, as they say,” he said. “I want people to know that I put thought into this and, at the end of the day, I just can’t go.”

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