The Washington Nationals took their World Series victory tour to the White House on Monday.
The visit from the local team came just days after their championship victory, putting a quick end to speculation over who would and wouldn’t be seen celebrating alongside President Donald Trump.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki was among those to proudly join Trump at the White House, showing up donning a red “Make America Great Again” hat before receiving an awkward embrace from the president.
I love you all. Thank you Mr. President," Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki says, putting on a “Make America Great Again” hat and prompting an awkward hug from Pres. Trump. https://t.co/35Zg7cQ9nU pic.twitter.com/3wmyPJdrAM
— ABC News (@ABC) November 4, 2019
Suzuki calls out critics for making ‘everything political’
Suzuki reportedly received backlash for his embrace of Trump — who’s in the midst of an impeachment inquiry — and the divisive politics represented by his MAGA hat.
Suzuki protected his Twitter account after the day’s events and complained to USA Today about others making things political in response to his MAGA-hat demonstration.
“It was amazing,” Suzuki told USA Today via text message. “That was the president. Just trying to have some fun.
“Everybody makes everything political. It was about our team winning the World Series.”
Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman also received backlash after gifting Trump a team jersey and thanking him for “continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world.”
His nickname on Wikipedia was briefly changed from “Mr. National” to “Mr. Nationalist,” an apparent reference to the following Trump has in the white nationalist community.
The internet's fury is quick and without mercy. pic.twitter.com/xECFKIPIyI
— The Real GMSL (@smlennon) November 4, 2019
Following Monday’s visit with Trump, the Nationals will surely continue their victory lap in less controversial waters.
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