There’s at least one champion safe to invite to the White House. A four-legged one.

If President Trump is looking for a way to repair his reputation with sports fans, after disinviting from the White House the winners of the Super Bowl and the NBA championship, there’s at least one athlete who can be counted on not to make any unwelcome political statements: Triple Crown winner Justify.

That was the suggestion of the flamboyant former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, a vocal Trump supporter, in a tweet shortly after the undefeated colt won the Belmont Stakes Saturday:

Clarke is probably right that Justify doesn’t care about leftist identity politics. Nor has he been known to take a knee before any of his races, although the musical tradition at Triple Crown events is different from NFL games: “My Old Kentucky Home” at the Derby, “Maryland, My Maryland” at the Preakness, and “New York, New York” at the Belmont. In general, the horse demographic seems to skew conservative. They have historically been employed in the military, and by police and cowboys in traditionally Republican western states.

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Jun 9, 2018; Elmont, NY, USA; Mike Smith aboard Justify wins the 150th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Justify with jockey Mike Smith aboard wins the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, U.S., June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Jun 9, 2018; Elmont, NY, USA; Mike Smith aboard Justify (1) wins the 150th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Justify with jockey Mike Smith aboard wins the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, U.S., June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Justify with jockey Mike Smith aboard wins the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, U.S., June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Justify with jockey Mike Smith aboard wins the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, U.S., June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Scenes from during Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A man wearing a suit poses prior to the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Bee Jersey #10, ridden by Ricardo Santana, wins the Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Dan Heary/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A woman wears a decorative hat and old fashion dress prior to the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Jockey Junior Alvarado on #7, Beautiful Shot after the running of the Woody Stephens Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Eric Patterson/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A man wears a decorative hat prior to the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Bee Jersey #10, ridden by Ricardo Santana, wins the Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by John Voorhees/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A woman wears a fancy hat during Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Fans watch the Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A fan wears a decorative hat on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Carson Dennis/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Scenes from Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Still Having Fun #6, ridden by Joel Rosario, wins the Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Scenes from Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Fans enjoy a picnic during Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A Raving Beauty #7, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., wins the Longines Just a Game Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Eric Patterson/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A man yells during an undercard race as his horse takes the lead during Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A young fan views a race during Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: #10 Bee Jersey, ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr. and #1 Mind Your Biscuits, ridden by Joel Rosario battle to the finish in the Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Eric Patterson/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
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We don’t really know about Justify’s political views; he has never given an interview. But digging into his background turns up some potentially problematic nuggets. He was bred in Kentucky, but to a stable owned by citizen of Canada, whose prime minister Trump is currently feuding with. And according to a New York Times article, a share in his (enormously lucrative) breeding rights is owned by a company controlled by a very conspicuous liberal internationalist donor, investor George Soros.

So perhaps Justify shouldn’t expect that invitation to the White House just yet. As Trump might say, we’ll have to see.

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