Trump Cancels First Major League Pitch After Some Yankees Kneel During Anthem
President Donald Trump canceled the first major league pitch at a New York Yankees game after Yankees players Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks kneeled during the national anthem, according to HuffPost.
- Trump posted on Twitter, saying, “Because of my strong focus on the China virus, including scheduled meetings on Vaccines, our economy and much else, I won’t be able to be in New York to throw out the opening pitch for the @yankees on August 15. We will make it later in the season.”
- HuffPost noted that “Trump called athletes who took a knee in the past as a protest against racism and police brutality ‘sons of bitches.’”
- Trump used the racist misnomer “China virus” and “kung flu” to distract from his disastrous coronavirus response. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s own White House counselor, has said the phrase was “highly offensive.”
- The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reported Sunday that Trump’s approval rating has fallen to 32 percent due to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, threw out the first pitch last Thursday at Nationals Park. Trump has blasted Fauci as an “alarmist.” “I consider myself more a realist than an alarmist,” Fauci responded.
Total confirmed coronavirus cases topped 4.2 million in the U.S., with a death toll of 147,000.