Each day, Trump and his spokespeople insult our intelligence and our history.Each day, he finds a way to strip the presidency and the American people of their dignity.Each day, the president of the United States makes us smaller through petty, bullying tweets and offensive theatrics.All so an aggrieved, thin-skinned Queens-born builder can stick it to those who he believes think they are better than he is.The proud party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan is dead.Jonathan T. Capehart writes for The Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog and is a contributor for MSNBC.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Editorial, OpinionNever in a million years did I think the president of the United States would debase the Oval Office with such a flagrantly racist display as President Donald Trump did on Monday.It was bad enough that he invoked his deliberately demeaning and intentionally pejorative put-down of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as “Pocahontas” during a ceremony to honor World War II Navajo code talkers.That he did it all under the glare of President Andrew Jackson takes gall to a whole new ugly level.Quite a feat for a man who extolled the virtues of the “very fine people” who marched on Charlottesville in a shocking display of white supremacy.Quick refresher: Jackson was the slave-owning seventh president of the United States whose Indian Removal Act led to the “trail of tears and death.”And Trump has praised him on several occasions.So, Trump having Native Americans pictured with Jackson is more than a humiliating slap in the face. It is rubbing that face in their ancestral horror.
Mike Trout might not be an Angel in the outfield this season.The Los Angeles superstar and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child in August, and being asked to play baseball in the middle of a pandemic is a difficult concept to handle. To that end, Trout seems uncertain as to whether he’ll cleat up and play this year after speaking with reporters on Friday. Mike Trout on deciding to play: “Honestly, I still don’t feel comfortable.”— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 3, 2020Mike Trout’s wife, Jessica, is due with their first child in August.“We’re risking our families, risking our lives to go out here and play for everyone…I want to play. It’s just a tough situation. I’ve just got to play it by ear.”— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 3, 2020MORE: Complete list of MLB players who have opted out for 2020Enter new Angels manager Joe Maddon, who’s almost always good for a soundbite. Maddon offered a somewhat confusing take on players deciding to opt out.”Everyone is talking about the high-risk individuals opting out,” Maddon said. “To me, the person who should opt out is the person who does not want to follow the protocols. That’s not been reported enough, I don’t think.”If you, in your heart of hearts, don’t believe you can do all this stuff, then you’re the person who should opt out. It’s not so much the potential high-risk candidates.”Maddon’s full quote via The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya:This was Joe Maddon’s full quote on playing baseball in 2020: pic.twitter.com/WnyiUIiwaM— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 3, 2020Really, there’s a few ways you can read the Maddon quote. The first: any player who feels unsafe in any capacity can and should opt out, and that’s totally fine.Some, though, are interpreting Maddon’s meaning as something more malicious, a way of assigning blame to players who want to opt out and putting guilt on players who might not have the stomach to play in the middle of a pandemic.Maddon offered support for Trout, but he also wouldn’t out-and-out say that Trout should stay home. He’s had several conversations with his star player about taking the field this year. While Trout has been standing alongside his teammates for baserunning drills and more at the start of summer camp, with the season a few weeks away and the coronavirus still on the rise throughout the country, there shouldn’t be any doubt as to whether Trout loves baseball. He might love his wife and unborn child a bit more, though. And that’s OK.This serves as a reminder to all that sports shouldn’t be a guarantee and the coronavirus is like, a super serious thing, man. If the best player in baseball wants to stay home this season in order to avoid the possibility of infecting his wife or newborn child with a potentially deadly strain of the virus, then he should be able to opt out without criticism.For now, we’ll wait to see if Trout steps in or out for 2020, and either way, he should — and will — get the support from his manager.