Four months after the midterm elections, American sports are preparing for the political comeback of Donald Trump

deviation Cautiously in the media since his defeat to Joe Biden in 2020, Donald Trump intends to return to politics. American sports concerns have been turned upside down by the Republican Party once again.

midterm elections (mid-term) on November 8, when 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 out of 100 seats in the Senate will be contested, as well as several local states.

An opportunity for the former President of the United States, Donald Trump, to organize numerous meetings across the country, in order to prepare for his political comeback. A second term in the White House is on the horizon in 2024.

Donald Trump, a highly publicized figure in the sports world for several years, intends to re-use his aura with some American athletes, owners or leagues for gain.

His tenure was marked by political sport

During his four years, Donald Trump has often been linked to sports news, directly or indirectly. The Grand Slam was influenced by many political episodes.

“There are three aspects in sports: the media, the audience, the athletes…from one sport to another, it can change. The representation of the diversity of the American population is broad on sports teams compared to cities”says Marc Gregor Cambredon, French team photographer at the University of Michigan.

Led by LeBron James, a staunch opponent of the Republican president, the NBA has been one of the most memorable leagues with Trump’s mandate. Champions, for example, always refuse to go to the White House after winning the Finals as tradition dictates.

the movement Black Lives Matter Movement It prompted many players to demonstrate against police violence and thus Trump’s policy. during the playoffs In 2020, the Milwaukee Bucks called a strike after the murder of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old African American who died with seven bullets in the back at the hands of a Kenosha police officer.

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In the NFL, the wide ring of Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who knelt during the national anthem, captured Donald Trump’s first months at the helm of the country more than ever: “We’re proud of our country, we respect our flag… Don’t you like it when a player doesn’t respect our flag, these NFL chiefs say ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field! He’s fired?'” Then the new American president responded.

In an interview with Fox NewsDonald Trump also attacked NFL franchises, saying:I have many friends who are real estate owners. If you want the truth, I think they are afraid of their players. I think that’s a shame. They have to be strong and they have to be smart. Look at the fans, they are clearly disappointed.»

The MLB and NHL scenes were more secretive during Donald Trump’s tenure, even if the Republican president enjoyed strong sympathy capital with baseball players (Johnny Damon, Clay Buchholz, Paul O’Neill, John Rucker, etc.) and hockey players (Jack Eichel, Seth Jones, Brent Burns, TJ Oshie and Erik Johnson, Ian Cole, etc.)

Donald Trump has stimulated a lot of these tensions between sports professionals and sports consumers. He gave voice and space to the Republicans. Trump allowed these people to be part of a platform, to be represented by a strong man. Squad owners make up this fourth side of the pyramid, and they are often Republicans, wealthy people, and close to politicians.” Mark Gregor confirms.

Athletes and tournaments caution

Since Joe Biden’s arrival in Washington, Donald Trump has managed to be forgotten in media life, but water has flowed from under bridges and American athletes have not forgotten his four years in the White House that rocked the sports world.

Long considered a supporter and friend of Trump, NFL legend Tom Brady has been on the decline recently: I haven’t spoken to him in many years. Our relationship is misinterpreted. My character is never one to insult anyone.” The quarterback was then entrusted to varietywho proudly wore the red Make America Great Again hat in 2015.

Tom Brady has been considered a longtime Trump ally, but has backtracked on his position. Julio Aguilar / Agence France-Presse

Donald Trump lectured during Game Four of the World Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros, last October, and recalled his bad presidential memories by drawing the ire of many baseball fans. In the stands with his wife Melania, he took a “Tomahawk Chop” – a sporting celebration considered an insult to the Native American people.

After this sporting controversy, MLB quickly took over by downplaying the former president’s presence: “He called MLB and wanted to be in the game. We were very surprised. Of course we said yes.” The league explained, while Braves president Terry McGurk noted: We are not political. We are open to everyone who comes to the matches. It’s great that Donald Trump wants to come.

While soccer player Megan Rapinoe has often attacked President Trump for his statements about women and LGBT rights, Donald Trump was criticized for his remarks about transgender athletes at the top of America’s Agenda One in Washington, D.C., at the start of the week: We should not allow men to engage in women’s sports. It’s disrespectful to women.” Referring to New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard and UPenn swimmer Leah Thomas.

The owners are starting to distance themselves from Trump like Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins owner who realized Trump had bad press. He becomes a real outcast who no longer has a platform, is no longer invited to the right, to the left. There are no more athletes who openly support Donald Trump. Mark Gregor explains.

Golf, horseback riding, NASCAR… Trump plays at home

In order to better prepare for his return to politics, Donald Trump continues to appear in many sports competitions, which are often dedicated to American high society and organized in historically republican countries.

On May 7, the 45th US president stopped in Kentucky, which has been committed to the Republican cause for more than 20 years, for Derby Day, a horse race that is part of the US Triple Crown of Equestrian Sports organized at the Hippodrome. From Churchill Downs, Louisville. A political maneuver that allows the 76-year-old Republican to strengthen his loyal supporters.

A golfer in his spare time and close to the Tiger Woods who created him, Donald Trump is still present in the ring and has even taken a stand on the topic of the LIV golf series, an opposition circuit financed by a Saudi fund, which is disrupting the circuit. Classic PGA Tour: “If you don’t want to take the money now, you won’t get anything when the merger happens except to tell you how smart the early signers were.”He wrote on his Truth Social on July 18.

“You really have red sports like motorsport, NASCAR. The audience that goes to watch the races in the US, it’s mostly the law (far right conspiratorial group, ed.) and there’s not much room for change.analyzes Mark Gregor, who has lived in the United States for ten years.

The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ (USA) is hosting the LIV Breakout Tour this week, July 29-31, while another tournament is scheduled to take place at Trump National Course in Doral (Florida), October 27-31. 30.


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