Former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Curt Schilling, a known collector of Nazi memorabilia whose controversial tweets got him booted from ESPN, is “absolutely considering” a run for Congress — and President Donald Trump is thrilled about it.
Schilling, who retired from his sport in 2007 and is now 52, told the Arizona Republican in an email that immigration is what is motivating his possible run against one of the state’s five Democrats, according to Haaretz.
"The state is not the state I grew up in. Making Arizona citizens of EVERY Race, religion and sexual orientation 2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants is about as anti-American as it gets," Schilling wrote. "When you have homeless veterans, children, and you're spending tax dollars on people smuggling drugs and children across our border someone in charge needs their ass kicked."
Trump called the news of Schilling’s potential run “terrific” in a Tuesday tweet, calling the one-time ballplayer “a great pitcher and patriot.”
But Schilling has racked up plenty of criticism in recent years, particularly for his race-baiting tweets and anti-Muslim sentiment.
In August 2015, the former pitcher tweeted then deleted a meme comparing Muslims to Nazis that read, “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”
He was subsequently pulled from the air on ESPN and eventually dropped by the sports channel altogether, after reposting a meme many considered anti-transgender in 2016.
Also on Schilling’s resume is a 2017 interview with white nationalist Paul Nehlen, who unsuccessfully mounted a primary challenge to then-House Speaker Paul Ryan.