Pelosi skewered for posting photo of WRONG black athlete in bungled Willie Mays birthday message
A Twitter post on Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s account has drawn mockery and even accusations of racism from some critics, as a birthday message to baseball legend Willie Mays was accompanied by a picture of a different black athlete.
After trying to honor Willie Mays’ 90th birthday this week, Pelosi found herself facing a wave of criticism once the critical mistake in her tweet was highlighted.
“Happy 90th Birthday to an all-American icon, Willie Mays. A trailblazing, record-breaking baseball player, civil rights leader, and champion for youth sports and well-being, Willie Mays is a civic legend and national treasure. #SayHey90,” Pelosi tweeted. The message was accompanied by a photo of Pelosi with Willie McCovey, a fellow baseball legend and Hall of Famer. However, McCovey died in 2018 at the age of 80.Also on rt.com Cuomo investigation expands as state’s attorney investigates whether Covid-19 vaccines were linked to support – media
Both McCovey and Mays played for the San Francisco Giants, and Pelosi represents the city in the House.
The photo was quickly swapped out for one of the house speaker with the actual Mays. It’s unclear how long the tweet remained up on Pelosi’s timeline, but her team chalked it up to a staff error.
Here’s Nancy Pelosi confusing Willie McCovey for Willie Mays. These people are pandering morons. You can’t make this stuff up!!!! pic.twitter.com/bXg6wKl2LJ— Breanna Morello 🇺🇸 (@breannamorello) May 8, 2021
“A staffer inadvertently selected the wrong photo for the tweet,” her office said in a statement shared with the media. “The photo we wanted to use was of the Speaker and Willie Mays at Willie McCovey’s August 2018 wedding. The quickly deleted photo was the wrong photo from the right wedding. We apologize for the error.”
The mistake, however, has been enough for critics to not only mock Pelosi, but even accuse her and her staff of racism.
“Madam Speaker, that’s not Willie Mays,” former Trump White House official Sean Spicer tweeted.
“‘Cause all black people look the same @SpeakerPelosi?” conservative author Deneen Borelli added.
Imagine if Trump had done this. Or Paul Ryan. The MSM outrage would be explosive https://t.co/yWmDWOaAPq— Chris Wilson (@WilsonWPA) May 8, 2021
Sen. Marco Rubio faced similar scrutiny last year after tweeting a message in honor of the late John Lewis, but accidentally posting a picture of another black politician, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland).
Earlier today I tweeted an incorrect photo John Lewis was a genuine American heroI was honored to appear together in Miami 3 years ago at an event captured in video belowMy God grant him eternal resthttps://t.co/aEm4MxKxBPpic.twitter.com/0UpWSG3vNQ— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 18, 2020
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