President Donald Trump has told over 20 thousand lies since his inauguration, so report's of Trump's latest lie may not come as a surprise.
The President announced last week that he'd be throwing the first pitch for the New York Yankees on August 15. By Monday, the President announced on Twitter that he was too busy with his pandemic response—which he erroneously called the "China Virus"—to throw out the pitch on the expected date.
Many assumed that the President—who spent the weekend golfing—wasn't actually too busy with his pandemic response, but rather vindictive at the New York Yankees, which saw two players kneel during the National Anthem in a July 23 game.
As it turns out, there was reportedly no invitation to throw out the pitch at all.
According to the New York Times, the President was envious of attention toward National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci—one of the most trusted voices among the pandemic—throwing out the pitch at a Washington Nationals game earlier this month.
The New York Times reported:
"Mr. Trump had been so annoyed by Dr. Fauci's turn in the limelight, an official familiar with his reaction said, that he had directed his aides to call Yankees officials and make good on a longtime standing offer from [Yankees president] Mr. Levine to throw out an opening pitch. No date was ever finalized."
After he made the announcement, White House aides reportedly rushed to confirm with Yankees reps that Trump could indeed throw out the pitch on the apparent date.
Before the confirmation could be reached, Trump had already canceled.
People weren't exactly surprised that Trump pulled the first pitch out of thin air.
So Donald Trump was not invited by the New York Yankees to throw out a first pitch. He made it up, just like he ha… https://t.co/ZI03nXRj53— A Hopeful Citizen (@A Hopeful Citizen)1595945031.0
So, it turns out that Trump LIED about being invited to throw out the opening pitch at the Yankees game. What a pat… https://t.co/I0kadv3etb— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸)1595938194.0
Trump lied about throwing out the first pitch at the Yankees Game. It was news to them. 😂 Imagine being such a com… https://t.co/ZJXWQuMXfr— Tink *Fully VACCINATED!* True Blue Resister (@Tink *Fully VACCINATED!* True Blue Resister)1595904418.0
He didn't catch anyone off guard. He lied. He made up a reality that fit his mood and narrative. Something he does… https://t.co/MWZ2RiA59j— Portia J&J💉 McGonagal (@Portia J&J💉 McGonagal)1595945240.0
Trump is so upset by Fauci’s higher popularity, he: - lied and claimed he was throwing out the first pitch at a Ya… https://t.co/xqNNMOzETj— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1595937730.0
People immediately mocked him with announcements of their own.
@ProjectLincoln I am going to flip the coin for the Super Bowl this year. No I’m not.— YS (@YS)1595899125.0
@ProjectLincoln Unfortunately, I won't be able to throw out the first pitch at the Yankees game either Reasons B… https://t.co/i0xvdTCiNj— Eric Kam (@Eric Kam)1595900902.0
@ProjectLincoln FYI... I’ll be marrying Beyoncé on August 15th. ... Unfortunately, Aug 15 doesn’t work for my sche… https://t.co/gAeYkxuFEJ— PSU Blaze (@PSU Blaze)1595902208.0
The President hasn't yet provided an alternative date for the possible pitch.