Since Twitter and Facebook banned him from their platforms over his role in the January 6th Capitol insurrection, Donald Trump has been reduced to releasing statements through emails and intermediaries. Given the obsessive manner in which he used to blast out tweets at all hours of the day, one must imagine that his social media ostracization is privately driving him mad.
Today, Trump released another inane statement, this time slamming the Cleveland Major League Baseball team for changing its name from “The Indians” to “The Guardians.” The decision comes amidst a larger nationwide conversation about some of the long-ignored racist names and terms embedded in our culture. Given this country’s brutal historic treatment of Native Americans, the change should be celebrated as a small but necessary sign of respect. The word “Indians” should not be cavalierly exploited by a baseball team to turn a profit.
Trump, never one to miss an opportunity to blow a racist dog whistle, called it a “disgrace” in his lengthy, whiny statement. During her briefing today, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the former president’s remarks and couldn’t resist the urge to mock him.
“We certainly support their change of name,” said Psaki. “We may be on the other side of the president, former president, on that front I would guess. I haven’t seen his tweet or however he’s communicating these days.”
Her last comment, in particular, seems like a deliberate jab at the fact that Trump hasn’t been able to tweet since January. Rubbing it in his face is exactly what he deserves and once again Psaki has demonstrated her ability to casually jab a dagger into the insecurities at the heart of the MAGA movement.
Psaki: I haven’t seen his tweet or however he’s communicating these days pic.twitter.com/T0PFOK8NGh
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 23, 2021
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