How in the world politics came up when Hank Aaron was interviewed for the 40th anniversary of his record-setting 715th home run is beyond us. The man should be praised for his incredible feat that was accomplished without the aid of steroids or other HGH substances that are ruining today’s game, but he’s using that as a platform to “broadcast his ignorance” as Charles Barkley recently put it. On Tuesday, Aaron compared Republicans to the KKK when defending President Obama and that’s when he lost all credit.
Look, this isn’t RantPolitics, but just because a player was good at his sport a long time ago doesn’t mean he’s intelligent today. No one would have argued that point until Aaron essentially blamed Obama’s failures as a president on Republicans who are holding him back.
“Sure, this country has a black president but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated.”
Aaron’s comments were cemented in asininity when he said, “The bigger difference is back then they had hoods; now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
So basically, this baseball legend is saying that Obama is failing as a President just because of his race. What’s being overlooked is the fact Aaron implied Obama is failing because he made an excuse for the President without being provoked to do so. That alone should raise a red flag in his judgement.
Furthermore, Aaron’s comments broadly suggest that every Republican in the country (he didn’t specify those in the House, Senate, etc.) is white. Is he not aware that there are black members in Congress? Is he not familiar with black senators like Tim Scott of South Carolina and Cory Booker of New Jersey? Are they also members of this absurd, fictional clan that is holding back our president in 2014? Is it their fault President Obama was re-elected for a second consecutive term?
Again, Aaron should be remembered for his legendary performance on the baseball diamond that furthered equality in American sports, but his notion that race is playing a part in President Obama’s lack of success (however he defines that) is beyond asinine.
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