Former major-league pitcher and World Series winner Curt Schilling, an avowed conspiracy theorist who was fired from ESPN for his habit of sharing bigoted transphobic and Islamophobic memes is once again considering a run for political office. Schilling is so obnoxious that his former team, the Red Sox have disavowed him.
So is it really surprising that, as DeadSpin reports, President Donald Trump likes him?
Using his usual Crayon words, Trump gave him a Twitter nod earlier today.
“Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific!”
Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
Schilling repeatedly announced he hoped to run for Senate in Massachusetts and talked about trying to unseat Elizabeth Warren but apparently threw in the towel on that — perhaps after realizing he didn’t have a flaming baseball’s chance in Hades of beating the Democratic senator.
Samer Kalaf, writing for Deadspin puts it quite well:
“He’s never actually followed through with this threat, though, because he has no support and nobody likes him.”
Trump tweeted his support for Schilling after hearing about it on Fox News. This time Schilling has his sights set on Arizona, a far more conservative state. The Arizona Republic reports he’s discussed this on a local radio show. Schilling is looking into it but hasn’t said which district he might run in.
“Not ready to do any of that right now,” he said in an email to the newspaper. “If/when things solidify I will but right now it’s something in the ‘I’m considering it’ stage.”
Schilling is weirdly bigoted.
“The state is not the state I grew up in. “Making Arizona citizens of every race, religion, and sexual orientation 2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants is about as anti-American as it gets,” he added. “When you have homeless veterans, children, and you’re spending tax dollars on people smuggling drugs and children across our border someone in charge needs their ass kicked.”
So he’s okay with helping kids as long as they are born on the correct side of the border. But tearing children from their families who are crossing the border is okay. Gotcha. And even though the right-wing Koch-brothers affiliated Cato Institute reports that 77 percent of drug traffickers are U.S. citizens. Gotcha.
Speculation began about Schilling’s potential political intentions after he did an interview Sunday with Armed American Radio’s Mark Walters.
“I haven’t said anything publicly, but I’m considering going back to Arizona and running for a congressional seat, one of the blue ones,” he told Walters. “It’s something that my wife and I have talked about, and she’s now becoming more and more pumped at the potential. Obviously, we’re still quite a few discussions away, but yeah, it’s something we’re absolutely considering.”
Perhaps in some way, Trump identifies with Schilling. Like Trump, the former baseball star has dealt with bankruptcies and lawsuits. And as far as the lawsuit goes, Schilling and several others were sued by the state of Rhode Island after defaulting on a $75 million loan for a failed video game company.
Is this beginning to sound familiar? And like his idol, Schilling is fond of conspiracy theories and has claimed the Sandy Hook and Parkland mass shootings were false flags. Shannon R. Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, decided to school Trump a bit, all though her good intentions probably fell on deaf ears in his case.
Curt Schilling claimed the Sandy Hook and Parkland mass school shootings were hoaxes. https://t.co/cwqcjcy8JA
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 13, 2019
What a guy.
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