Former President Donald Trump called out the owners of Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team for changing their name to the Cleveland Guardians, according to Just The News.
Trump railed against the owners for dropping the 106-year-old tradition, calling the move to change the name a “disgrace” that was brought on by pressure from a small percentage of people “determined to destroy our culture and heritage.”
The franchise announced it’s move on Friday, announcing their change along with a tweet and video which featured a VoiceOver by Tom Hanks.
Together, we are all… pic.twitter.com/R5FnT4kv1I
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 23, 2021
The former president, however, was not impressed, saying he felt that it was the destruction of something Americans hold dear:
“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 in a statement.
“Such a disgrace, and I guarantee that the people who are most angry about it are the many Indians of our Country.”
The team was under pressure to change its name since its previous title, the Cleveland Indians, was considered by some to be offensive to those who wished to stand up for the Native American community.
A National Football League team in Washington D.C. recently changed it’s name from the “Redskins” to the Washington Football Team for the same reason.
“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 former president also asked in the statement.
“The people of Cleveland cannot be thrilled and I, as a FORMER baseball fan, cannot believe things such as this are happening. 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!”