Last Friday, as Donald Trump cruised down the Vegas strip to hold a rally in Sin City on the heels of Wednesday’s Democratic debate and one day ahead of the state’s 2020 Caucus, it was pretty clear that his intention was to stir up a little attention to detract from the big Democratic goings-on, perhaps steal a little of the candidates’ thunder.
After all, all of them are polling better than he is ahead of November’s general election, and a few of them, including former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, and especially Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, have gathered some serious momentum as we prepare for the “Super Tuesday” round of primary races when 14 states worth more than 1,350 delegates will be holding their contests.
So what’s a President fading from the spotlight to do? Well, Trump did what he always does: He geared up for another MAGA rally, an ostensible campaign event that invariably ends up looking more like a Klan meeting minus the pointy hats.
And as usual, Trump planned out special guests for the rally to entertain his throngs even more — because that’s totally a normal thing Presidents do, not because he literally acts like a Vegas showman even when he’s not in the Neon Desert.
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On this particular stage, he welcomed more than a dozen members of the “Miracle on Ice” US Olympic Hockey Team from 1980, including Mike Eruzione, the left wing (hah!) forward who scored the winning goal against the USSR in that year’s winter games.
— Jim Kent (@kent_j23) February 21, 2020
Now Eruzione has told the Washington Post that he regrets donning the President’s iconic red “Make America Great Again” ballcap while he was on stage with Trump, and indicated that at least some of his teammates felt bad about it as well:
I just put it on. I wasn’t thinking. Maybe this shows I’m naive, shows I’m stupid. I don’t know. I don’t follow politics. I know he’s had some issues and said a lot of things people don’t like.”
Eruzione commiserated with his wife, to whom he complained that people thought he and his teammates were now a “disgrace” for having put on what some commenters on social media called “divisive, racist hats.”
I think plenty of people have found out after the fact that their embrace of Trump comes at a cost to their reputation, credibility, or even popularity. At least Mike had the good sense to tell someone he felt silly for having done so.
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