Look, if you don't want to go to the White House don't go. But when you announce you're not going to go and then list a bunch of media talking points as reasons for why you're not going, I just can't take you seriously. If you really put the time and effort into researching why you don't want to go to experience a possibly once in a lifetime moment, then you wouldn't just repeat what so many others have said in the past.
Sean Doolittle, a relief pitcher for the recent 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals, had his comments about why he's chosen not to visit the White House published by the Washington Post on Saturday. President Donald Trump is reportedly going to celebrate the Nationals victory over the Houston Astros at the White House on Monday.
The Post noted that Doolittle has been "long known for his liberal opinions and willingness to share them." Unfortunately for Doolittle, his "opinions" sound like CNN talking points, and we all know how neutral CNN can be.
Here's some of Doolittle's comments:
There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country. My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the ‘sh*thole countries.
At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.
Another possible reason that Doolittle is boycotting the White House trip, that the Washington Post also noted, is that "his wife, Eireann Dolan, has two mothers who are very involved in the LGBTQ community."
"I want to show support for them. I think that’s an important part of allyship, and I don’t want to turn my back on them,” Doolittle told WaPo. “I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and [Trump] is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter. How would I explain that to him that I hung out with somebody who mocked the way that he talked or the way that he moves his hands? I can’t get past that stuff."
In all his comments, Doolittle seems to have not been able to summon up the courage to even say Trump's name during the interview with WaPo.
Doolittle, who statistically had the worst year of his career in 2019, has seemingly taken an all-too-familiar stance of not wanting to talk to anyone who doesn't think exactly like he does.
"The rhetoric, time and time again, has enabled those kind of behaviors,” Doolittle continued. “That never really went away, but it feels like now people with those beliefs, they maybe feel a little bit more empowered. They feel like they have a path, maybe. I don’t want to hang out with somebody who talks like that."
Seriously, it's like Doolittle is reading the same script that so many others before, including the media and politicians, have read and publicly stated as if it were original. If Doolittle actually did his research, and came up with results from anywhere other than places CNN and Vox, he might be a little more open-minded to people who think differently than he does.
Although, it's difficult to say someone is "thinking" when they're just repeating leftist talking points.
Listen, at the end of day don't go to the White House. That's your choice. But if you're going to get all self-righteous about it, at least do some research that doesn't make you sound like a parrot.