Astros pitcher slams Donald Trump for tweets on civil rights icon John Lewis

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Astros pitcher <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/9275/" data-ylk="slk:Collin McHugh">Collin McHugh</a> called out president-elect Donald Trump following his tweets ripping civil rights icon John Lewis. (Getty Images)
Astros pitcher Collin McHugh called out president-elect Donald Trump following his tweets ripping civil rights icon John Lewis. (Getty Images)

Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the president-elect sent a pair of tweets ripping civil rights icon and respected congressman John Lewis.

Lewis, who represents Georgia’s fifth congressional district, had gone on record questioning the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency until a thorough investigation of Russia’s alleged involvement in the election was completed. This predictably led to a Twitter storm of Trump proportions, with the president-elect sending the following tweets.

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McHugh, who lives in Lewis’ district during the offseason, would take exception to those tweets and call out Trump for spewing rhetoric not consistent with what he sees and lives.



McHugh is far from the only one coming to Lewis’ defense, but he’s among the most vocal.

The firestorm comes two days before the nation celebrates the civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., which as McHugh notes has also rubbed some the wrong way. Lewis was among those who walked alongside King during the civil rights movement. He’s seen as a leader by many, which is evidenced in the spirited manner he’s being defended.

McHugh would later add that defending Lewis was not intended to be an anti-Trump position, but rather an anti-bullying and pro-respect stance.


Again, he’s far from alone in that regard. Many people are attempting to keep an open mind about what lies ahead, but moments like these will continue chipping away at any optimism that remains.

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