Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. slammed the Yankees firm Friday for inviting President Trump to toss the ceremonial 1st pitch at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 15.
Diaz accused the Yankees of hypocrisy for professing to care about the Black Life Subject motion and then providing a system to Trump, whom he called a “white supremacist.”
“On June 8, the Yankees unveiled a assertion that in portion go through: “Black life make a difference. The New York Yankees condemn racism, prejudice and injustice in all varieties,” Diaz mentioned in a assertion launched Friday evening.
“By inviting President Trump to throw out the very first pitch, they are blatantly demonstrating that their pronouncements are cynical and devoid of legitimate that means.
“Perhaps, in actuality, the phrases ‘Black Life Matter’ should really now also be painted on the avenue outdoors of Yankee Stadium, the identical as Trump Tower.”
Diaz, who explained he was “shocked and outraged,” ongoing, “We all are entitled to far better than a careless Major League Baseball group that constantly ignores the bordering community although pandering to an unapologetic white supremacist like Donald Trump.”
Diaz — who is expression-confined, and who passed on functioning for mayor in 2021 — also complained that Trump fumbled the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 disaster while virtually 4,000 Bronxites and 150,000 People in america died from the killer virus and countless numbers of other people misplaced their careers.
“The Yankees would be better served by honoring them and their people relatively than a president whose bluster and incompetence totally failed to restrain the pandemic,” Diaz said.
Trump told reporters at a White Property coronavirus job power briefing on Thursday that he was requested to throw the ceremonial pitch by his pal Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees.
The Yankees and Trump campaign experienced no rapid comment.