President Trump ignited a firestorm when he awarded the “Medal of Freedom” to his long-time friend, and Baseball Hall-of-Fame great Mariano Rivera.
Rivera is a baseball legend, who emigrated from Panama. During his career he notched an impressive 652 regular season and 42 postseason saves. Add to that, the fact that Hall of Fame voters made him the first player ever unanimously elected, and you can see what President Trump decided to honor him and his achievements.
In a short while I will be presenting the New York @Yankees @MarianoRivera, the greatest relief pitcher (Closer!) of all time, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the @WhiteHouse!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
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President Donald Trump awarded New York Yankees great Mariano Rivera with the nation’s highest civilian honor on Monday, weeks after the major league’s all-time-saves leader was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rivera, 49, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during an afternoon ceremony at the White House. He becomes the latest in a series of athletes Trump has recognized with the award, following ceremonies for NBA hall-of-famers Jerry West and Bob Cousy and professional golfer Tiger Woods earlier this year.
The ceremonies have become a way for Trump to celebrate athletic achievement despite reluctance by many championship-winning professional sports teams to appear at White House ceremonies amid controversies over the president’s rhetoric and immigration policies.
Trump and Rivera are longtime friends, with the former Yankees closer serving as a co-chair of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. Rivera was introduced with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” the song that played when he was called in from the bullpen during his career.
“He has lived the American dream,” Trump said on Monday. [Bloomberg]
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The “Medal of Freedom” award was first started by President John F. Kennedy as a way to honor those people who have contributed significantly to American culture or the national interest through public or private actions.
However, none of that matters to the outrage Mob. Liberals are predictably frothing at the mouth over the award because they are angry people suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Being a Yankees fan I love Mariano Rivera but it's very disappointing that he's going to get a medal from Trump. I'm sorry to say it. It's just that Trump is so despicable.
— G Callahan (@GCallahan2) September 16, 2019
Serious question: Other than being a great pitcher, Trump supporter and on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, can someone please tell me what Mariano Rivera has done to deserve the nation's highest civilian honor? https://t.co/QlzL86nx7Q
— Ron Clements (@Ron_Clements) September 16, 2019
Do insane liberals see the irony in all of this…they’re spitting-mad over Trump, who they claim is “racist,” giving an award to a Hispanic friend of his.
Ha ha ha!
Mr. Rivera responded to the backlash by saying, “I respect him (Trump), I respect what he does. I believe that he’s doing the best for the United States of America.” He went on to say, that Trump was “a friend” of his before he became president. “As a president, will I turn my back on him? No,” he declared.
Good for him!
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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