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Donald Trump Really Hates Cleveland Team's New Name

Former president declared himself a 'FORMER' baseball fan
By Liz MacGahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2021 12:20 PM CDT
Donald Trump Really Hates Cleveland Team's New Name
The new Cleveland Indians logo is displayed on a screen Friday in Cleveland. Known as the Indians since 1915, Cleveland's Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians. The ballclub announced the name change Friday, effective at the end of the 2021 season.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(Newser) – Donald Trump is so mad about the Cleveland Guardians that he doesn’t even like baseball anymore. The former president weighed in on the Cleveland Major League Baseball team changing its name to the Guardians Friday. In a statement, Trump wrote that he is a “FORMER” baseball fan and said “a small group of people, with absolutely crazy ideas and policies, is forcing these changes to destroy our culture and heritage.” The name change came after years of protests from Native American groups and baseball fans.

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Trump’s statement said he thought the name was an “honor.” However, the Lake Erie Native American Council released a statement supporting the team’s new name, WTOL reports. “We are pleased the Cleveland baseball team took a comprehensive approach to listen and learn and show it is possible to take steps toward change,” the statement read. The team’s owner, Paul Dolan, has said that while retiring the Indians name and the racist Chief Wahoo logo had been a long time coming, last summer’s social protests added urgency to the process, the AP reports. (Read more Cleveland Guardians stories.)

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