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The Washington Nationals Go to the WH and Some Are Losing Their Minds Over It

Gabriella Hoffman
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Earlier today, the President and First Lady welcomed newly-minted World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals, to the White House to honor their victory.

This comes off the heels of their October 30th win and Saturday parade. Here’s a clip of Ryan Zimmerman holding the World Series trophy:

Despite some urging the Nationals owners and players to protest the event, most of them showed up. Only a handful of players, including Anthony Rendon and Sean Doolittleweren’t present.

President Trump’s speech on the matter was generally well-received and it seemed the players, managers, and other Nationals staff were having a ball. The last time a Washington, D.C.-based team won a World Series championship was during the Calvin Coolidge Administration, so this was history in the making.

You can watch Trump’s full remarks below:

President Trump Welcomes the 2019 World Series Champions: The Washington Nationals

Watch LIVE at 1:30 p.m. ET as President Trump welcomes the Washington Nationals to the White House!

Posted by The White House on Monday, November 4, 2019

A couple interesting highlights from the event today. Two players offered their thanks to President Trump and some Twitterati were finding ways to start canceling them.

First, catcher Kurt Suzuki, who is Japanese-American, whipped out a MAGA hat and put it on his head—much to the president’s surprise. Then President Trump proceeded to hug him.

After Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals first baseman and now free agent, presented Trump with a “45” jersey commemorating their victory, he thanked him for “keeping everyone here safe” and “continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world.”

Per Daily Caller:

He then turned to the president, adding, “Mr. President, me and my teammates — first of all, I’d like to thank you for having us here. This is an incredible honor that all of us will never forget. And we’d also like to thank you for keeping everyone here safe in our country —”

Zimmerman paused briefly as the crowd cheered and Trump gave a “thumbs up” in the background. “— And continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world.” 

Here are some of those calling to cancel the two players.

After some Twitter users posted a selectively-edited video of World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg supposedly snubbing the president, the player posted to his dormant Twitter account to correct the record—calling it “fake news.” Strasburg shook President Trump’s hands on two more occasions after this clip:

Baseball should transcend politics. I was encouraged to see the Nationals team pay the White House a visit and bask in their victory. It’s hard to deny this World Series win brought the region together.

We need more moments like this here in the D.C. Metro Area. Go Nationals!


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