While much of California is decidedly blue leaning, Fresno can be a bit more conservative. Devin Nunes’ congressional district includes parts of the city.
This weekend, the Fresno Grizzlies baseball team decided to take a rightward stand in between games of a doubleheader. The team’s scoreboard featured a speech by Ronald Reagan and showed a picture of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while the 40th President referenced the country’s enemies.
The video hinted that the country’s other enemies included Antifa, Kim Jong Un and Trump protesters. While Reagan discussed freedom and dignity, the video showed clips of Donald Trump soldiers at war and the space shuttle launch.
After numerous complaints, the team apologized via their Twitter page. The apology read, “We’re embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first. We unconditionally apologize to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez in addition to our fans, community and those we hurt. It was a mistake and we will ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.”
We're embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first. We unconditionally apologize to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) in addition to our fans, community and those we hurt. It was a mistake and we will ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.
— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) May 28, 2019
Being looped into the same category as people like Kim Jong Un has become commonplace for the New York congresswoman. When asked about being called a radical, Ocasio-Cortez responded, “Well, I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country. Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security.”
The congresswoman has yet to respond either to the news of the video or to the Fresno Grizzlies’ apology.
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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.