Ah, here we go again. Donald Trump has spoken many lies and mistruths during his U.S. presidency but his next is just plain comedic.
On Sunday, Donald Trump abruptly announced he would not throw the first pitch at an August 15 Yankees game, claiming that he would miss the event to focus on the “China Virus” among other scheduled meetings on the pandemic. Sure, it could seem legitimate except for the fact that he was never asked. According to the New York Times and sources close to the President, he surprised his staff and the Yankees club with the aforementioned date.
“We’ll make it later in the season!”, he tweeted.
Because of my strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on Vaccines, our economy and much else, I won’t be able to be in New York to throw out the opening pitch for the @Yankees on August 15th. We will make it later in the season!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2020
The question as to why the lie? It’s quite simple. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and clearly butting heads with Trump was about to throw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals home opener against the Yankees. Donald Trump isn’t subtle about jealousy and clearly wanted his own turn in the sporting limelight. “Randy Levine is a great friend of mine from the Yankees,” the president said during a press conference. “And he asked me to throw out the first pitch, and I think I’m doing that on August 15 at Yankee Stadium.”
According to the report, Dr. Fauci said his invitation from the Nationals came weeks ago “as a thank you from Ted Lerner’s family, which owns the team, after he advised them and club officials on the correct protocols for coronavirus testing and staying safe while playing.”