On Friday, the Cleveland Indians baseball organization announced that it has changed its name to the Guardians in an effort to be more respectful to indigenous people. Former President Donald Trump released a statement slamming the decision shortly thereafter, writing, “A small group of people, with absolutely crazy ideas and policies, is forcing these changes to destroy our culture and heritage.”
“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?” Trump asked. “Such a disgrace, and I guarantee that the people who are 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?”
“The people of Cleveland cannot be thrilled and I, as a FORMER baseball fan, cannot believe things such as this are happening,” the statement continued. “A small group of people, with absolutely crazy ideas and policies, is forcing these changes to destroy our culture and heritage. At some point, the people will not take it anymore!”
President Trump: "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?
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— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) July 23, 2021
During an interview with talk radio host Michael Savage earlier this week, Trump expressed his belief that a “group of people that nobody has been able to figure out’ are running the country for Democrat president Joe Biden and are working to “destroy the country”:
“Yeah, well, we talk about, we said [Biden] was against energy,” Trump stated. “We said he was against all of the things that happened, we said he’s for open borders, we said he was for open borders, and it’s not him. I really don’t believe it’s Joe Biden, I think it’s a group of people that nobody has been able to figure out. But what they’re doing [is], they’re destroying the country. The country is being destroyed. They’re emptying their prisons out into our country, their prisons are going to be empty, and these are prisoners worse than anybody that we have. These are total killers.”