Donald Trump has spoken out against the Cleveland Indians baseball team after they decided to change their name due to years of being regarded as racially insensitive…
The former president labeled the move “such a disgrace” after the Baseball team declared they will no longer compete under the name they’ve had since 1915. Instead, they will be called the Guardians.
“Can anybody believe that the Cleveland Indians, a storied and cherished baseball franchise since taking the name in 1915, are changing their name to the Guardians? Such a disgrace,” said Trump in a statement on July 23.
Paul Dolan, the owner of the club, said the club decided to change its name after protests began due to the murder of George Floyd.
“We acknowledge the name change will be difficult for some of us, and the transition will take time,” he said in a statement, as per CNN. “It is our hope and belief this change will divert us from a divisive path and instead steer us towards a future where our fans, city, and region are all united as Cleveland Guardians.”
Trump argued that it was more insulting to Native Americans to change the name than keep it the same.
“I guarantee that the people who are the most angry about it are the many Indians of our Country. Wouldn’t it be an honor to have a team named the Cleveland Indians, and wouldn’t it be disrespectful to rip that name and logo off of those jerseys?”
People on social media have since shared their thoughts on his comments…
One Facebook user wrote: “Of course he would say this. This dude is so predictable. Glad he is no longer President of the United States. I just wish we didn’t have to hear him run his mouth so much.”
While another said: “The man-baby complains about every freaking thing that happens if it doesn’t involve him.”
Trump’s view is also not shared by Deb Haaland, the US interior secretary, and the first Indigenous person to serve in the US Cabinet…
“I am glad to see that the Cleveland baseball team is finally changing its name. The long practice of using Native American mascots and imagery in sports teams has been harmful to Indigenous communities,” she wrote on Twitter.
Cleveland’s change was also welcomed by Native American campaigners…
“It is a major step towards righting the wrongs committed against Native peoples, and is one step towards justice,” said Crystal Echo Hawk, according to ABC News. Hawk is the founder of IllumiNative, which educates and rallies for Indigenous people in the US.
The Cleveland team announced they would change their name last year. The new name comes from the city’s Art Deco monuments, The Guardians of Traffic, that sit on Memorial Bridge.