Attentive readers of these pages may recall several long pieces I wrote (like this one here) about former baseball pitcher and former ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst before being fired from the network Curt Schilling and his string of horrifically racist and vile posts, including some white supremacist ones. Given the substance, or lack therefore, of his postings, it was somewhat whimsical that he was replaced on the Sunday broadcasts by a woman, and one of Hispanic descent, no less.
Well, dear Curt Schilling is at it again. He was on Fox Business News yesterday -- because where else would he be? -- and made headlines (yet again) by basically defending Donald Trump’s statement about having told a 10-year-old girl that he might be dating her in 10 years. The FBN host, Trish Regan, was understandably aghast and basically told him so, complete with disbelieving looks and shakes of her head, as Schilling went on..
Later, knowing the understandable adverse response that his comments generated, Schilling sent out a tweet defending himself, slamming liberals, and tossing in a description of Hillary Clinton which will not be reprinted here To which I retweeted with the comment –
I went on my merry way, browsing through the Internet, and checking through the various stream of tweets. And then about 10 minutes later, I got a reply back –
I was a bit surprised to see his reply -- not so much because my note has been reasonably benign (which may have been why he responded), but more because of the hour, which was around 2 AM in the east, which I think is where Curt Schilling is based. Though maybe not. But I was probably more surprised by the content of the response, since it doesn't really address what I was saying. Even if Curt Schilling is off-the-map right, it remains that he's lost in the deep weeds far outside of even those on the semi-rational edge. It didn't strike me as a position to be especially proud of. Though I admit to not being of that mindset...
There was a lot I wanted to reply, but I kept it simple – “It’s been noticed.” (I almost went with my second draft, which was, "It's been noooooooticed," but decided to stick with straight forward rather than snarky, even low-key snarky..I preferred as much contrast as possible. And as little to lash back at. I didn't want to come across as just wanting to get into a debate with someone just because he was a celebrity. I wanted to respond to a hate-filled racist.)
As it happens, someone else jumped in and took Schilling on (mis-interpreting what he’d written and thinking he meant that Schilling was saying he was now a Centrist. Yeeesh, boy, did he not know…), and Schilling set him straight, noting that he considered the far right “gutless.” The fellow continued with a few more tweets – all well-meant, even a bit nurturing, but still unaware how far over-the-edge off the charts Schilling is. I filled him in (sending the same link as above, which is with graphics of some of Schilling's most vile and white supremacist postings). I checked back a while later, and Schilling hadn't responded, nor do I expect him to…
Quite a guy.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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