New York Yankees icon Mariano Rivera was recently inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as the first player to be unanimously selected.
When the news broke, Trump voiced his public support for Rivera, and tweeted out a congratulatory message:
Congratulations to Mariano Rivera on unanimously being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame! Not only a great player but a great person. I am thankful for Mariano’s support of the Opioid Drug Abuse Commission and @FitnessGov. #EnterSandman #HOF2019💯 pic.twitter.com/reU1gKWHSQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2019
With his enshrinement came criticism of his personal beliefs, with the Daily Beast criticizing him for his “far-right” politics ahead of his induction citing his alignment with “openly extremist and Islamophobic Pastor John Hagee” and serving “at the pleasure of a racist” President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, Rivera responded to the Daily Beast piece:
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