Nationals’ Kurt Suzuki criticized on social media after wearing MAGA hat

Many on social media voiced their disapproval after Kurt Suzuki, the star Washington Nationals’ catcher, donned a “MAGA” baseball cap during a Monday ceremony at the White House celebrating his team’s unlikely victory over the Houston Astros with President Trump.

…Bill Kristol on Saturday envisioned “how great it would be” if the Nationals’ owner announced that the players decided to “respectfully decline” Trump’s White House invitation.

…Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute wrote, “Very sad. I love Kurt Suzuki as a player. But he wore a MAGA hat to the White House, so I will not cheer him. Not quite as bad for Ryan Zimmerman, but his praise for Trump is hard to take.”

…For Suzuki, who is from Hawaii, many of the posts were personal attacks. One user posted that he was an “embarrassment to his family” and others called him a racist.

Wajahat Ali, a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, posted, “They will never love you, Kurt Suzuki. They will never love you. Enjoy the hug and the delusion. Whatever makes you feel great.”


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