There are very few famous people who want to be associated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Time and time again, musicians have called out the president for using songs without their prior authorization. Neil Young went as far as threatening to sue the campaign if they wouldn’t stop playing Rocking in the Free World.
Artists, television stars and athletes also want nothing to do with Trump. So when the president recently released a campaign ad featuring athletes, suffragettes and others, it raised eyebrows. The video included a shot of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke the color barrier. Robinson’s daughter is now demanding that her father be taken out of the video.
Sharon Robinson released the statement via the Robinson Foundation Twitter page. She wrote, “Jackie Robinson’s family strongly objects to the use of Jackie Robinson’s image in a Donald Trump ad. The Trump campaign is in opposition to all that Jackie Robinson stood for and believed in. We’re insulted and demand that his image be removed!”
Jackie Robinson’s family strongly objects to the use of Jackie Robinson’s image in a Donald Trump @JRFoundation The Trump campaign is in opposition to all that Jackie Robinson stood for and believed in. We’re insulted and demand that his image be removed! @realDonaldTrump
— Sharon Robinson (@sharonarobinson) October 8, 2020
Jackie Robinson passed away in 1972, but his wife Rachel, is still living at the age of 98. She has largely supported Liberal causes. She said of Barack Obama in 2008, “He (Jackie) would have felt vindicated in some ways. He always said young people were capable of doing more than they were permitted to do. He would have been so proud, and so excited, and I’m sure he would have been as active in the process as he could have been.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.