World Series Star Pitcher Doolittle Declines Trump Invite to White House: Washington Post

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball pitcher Sean Doolittle has decided to forego a trip to the White House to celebrate the Washington Nationals’ World Series victory, saying he “just can’t” celebrate with President Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

Doolittle, 33, is the only National so far to turn down the invitation to meet the president on Monday. He said one reason that he won’t go is that his wife’s parents are lesbians.

“I want to show support for them. I think that’s an important part of allyship, and I don’t want to turn my back on them,” Doolittle told the Post. Trump’s administration has banned transgender people from the U.S. military, cut funding for HIV and AIDS research and supported the right of medical providers and adoption agencies to deny services to LGBT+ people.

Doolittle also referenced Trump’s mimicking of a New York Times reporter’s disability on the campaign trail.

“I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and [Trump] is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter. How would I explain that to him that I hung out with somebody who mocked the way that he talked, or the way that he moves his hands? I can’t get past that stuff.”

“I want people to know that I put thought into this and, at the end of the day, I just can’t go,” Doolittle told the Post.

The Post said that other players were considering following Doolittle’s lead. The Nationals didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Doolittle said he was also disturbed by Trump’s divisive rhetoric, including using an insulting term to describe poor countries, and the president’s support among white supremacists and racists.

“The rhetoric, time and time again, has enabled those kind of behaviors,” Doolittle said. “That never really went away, but it feels like now people with those beliefs, they maybe feel a little bit more empowered. They feel like they have a path, maybe. I don’t want to hang out with somebody who talks like that.”

(Reporting by Diane Bartz, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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War Eagle
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War Eagle

Why should we care? He’s not a one-of-a-kind hero, for instance, his version of “battle hardened” is an errant baseball (not a grenade), a broken bat (not an IED), a close baseball game (not a close battle). He is an overpaid entertainer and not even a unique one of those! It is still a free country and he is allowed to make this decision for his own reasons. His decision does not hurt anyone else, least of all the President.

Charles
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Good! The whiner doesn’t need to go to the White House. Who cares? He will in the future.

william jackson
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Douche bag

Walter Swartz
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Walter Swartz

Is Doolittle aware of the complaint Al Gore made against the republicans regarding the 21st chromosome? Is he aware of anything other than liberal talking points? I got a BIG list of comparisons Doolittle can look at . . . . might make him feel foolish though, but most get over it, if they’re the humble type.

Michelle
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Michelle

Don’t worry kiddo! PresidenttTrump has more important things to do, than meet up with America-haters like you!

Cherrie
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Cherrie

What did you expect from an over paid baseball player, he gives nothing to anyone but entertainment. He saves no lives he doesn’t rescue anyone from burning buildings or stop fires or save anyone. Over paid ungrateful over paid sports player

ron
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Why does anyone care what this guy thinks? If they didn’t win the world series no one would no who he is. And he still is a nobody. He thinks more people will think how great he is, because he is complaining about OUR president.

Sherri
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His wife’s parents are lesbians. This is why he won’t go. What a fool. He may be able to throw a ball but that doesn’t make him any the wiser on other things. Maybe he needs to talk to gay conservatives for a different perspective. Oh, that would mean getting out of the hate bubble and that’s a difficult task for the ‘woke’ crowd.

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