But our heritage!
“Can anybody believe that the Cleveland Indians, a storied and cherished baseball franchise since taking the name in 1915, are changing their name to the Guardians? Such a disgrace,” Trump wrote in an emailed statement obtained by Mediaite.
“I guarantee that the people who are most angry about it are the many Indians of our Country,” Trump said. “Wouldn’t it be an honor to have a team named the Cleveland Indians, and wouldn’t it be disrespectful to rip that name and logo off of those jerseys?”
“The people of Cleveland cannot be thrilled and I, as a FORMER baseball fan, cannot believe things such as this are happening,” Trump said. “A small group of people, with absolutely crazy ideas and policies, is forcing these changes to destroy our culture and heritage. At some point, the people will not take it anymore!”
The Cleveland Indigenous Coalition said they are pleased with the team for taking a comprehensive approach “to listen and learn and show it is possible to take steps toward change.”
“Our community has worked tirelessly to be recognized as diverse and vibrant, instead of being portrayed in inaccurate and harmful ways,” according to their statement. “This name change will help create a place where Native American children and their families are valued and fully seen.”
The team will start transitioning to the new name at the conclusion of the 2021 baseball season.