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Trump Says He's Too Busy Focusing On 'China Virus' To Throw Out First Pitch At Yankees Game

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With cardboard cutouts of fans serving as an audience, baseball season is now in full swing.

President Donald Trump was set to throw the first pitch at a New York Yankees game on August 15, but he announced on Monday that his plans had been delayed.

Trump claimed this was because he was prioritizing his response to the "China Virus"—a derogatory term for the pandemic that's killed nearly 150 thousand Americans.

Trump's use of the term correlated with an uptick of hate crimes against Asian Americans.

The President's postponement came after two Yankees players—Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks—took a knee during the National Anthem in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

The players of both teams knelt before the National Anthem as well.

Trump has routinely railed against displays of support for the Black Lives Matter movement during the National Anthem, particularly in regards to kneeling. He infamously called players who kneeled "sons of bitches" in 2017.

People quickly roasted Trump after the announcement.




Trump generated controversy over the weekend when he posted a picture of him golfing with former Green Bay Packers player Brett Favre.

He shared the photo on the fourth day in a row that virus deaths in the United States topped a thousand.

This was partly the reason people found claims that he was too busy with his virus response to throw the first pitch absurd.




They called him out for his usage of the racist "China virus" term.


The President assured that he would throw the pitch later in the season.