With the primary in Ohio today, the endorsement of all-time MLB hit leader, Ohio native, and Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose would come at a high price — if it were for sale. No matter; fakery comes easy with a con man like the Donald:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2016
The implied endorsement is not genuine:
Sample headline via Yahoo: “Donald Trump gets the all-important Pete Rose endorsement.”
But now, it turns out that what some thought was an endorsement wasn’t — according to Ray Genco, an attorney for Rose — and that Trump’s ball didn’t come from Pete Rose at all. Genco made this absolutely clear in a telephone conversation with The Washington Post late Monday.
“We do not know how Mr. Trump got the ball,” Genco said. “I can’t authenticate the ball from some Twitter picture.” He added: “I can’t speak to how Trump got the ball. Pete didn’t send it. I made that clear.”
Genco’s verbal clarification followed a statement he sent to The Post and other outlets Monday.
“Pete has made a point not to ‘endorse’ any particular presidential candidate,” Genco wrote. “Though he respects everyone who works hard for our country — any outlet that misinterpreted a signed baseball for an endorsement was wrong. Pete did not send any candidate a baseball or a note of endorsement.”
Though the endorsement is as phony as Trump’s past marriage vows, the signature may be real, since there are plenty of baseballs signed by Pete Rose floating around:
“Since 2005, he has spent several hours per day, 15 to 25 days per month, 12 months per year signing his name for money,” Brian Costa wrote. “He signs and poses for photos with anyone who buys memorabilia from his business partners, with items such as baseballs and photos ranging from $75 to $800. And for this, Rose earns more than $1 million per year.”
Examples of other Pete Rose autographed baseballs:
I hate to disappoint people, but Pete Rose will put anything on a ball for $75 pic.twitter.com/5hLZHtfE0l
— John Fischesser (@JohnFischesser) March 14, 2016
Trump’s people have not been forthcoming regarding the details of the Donald’s Pete Rose ball, which in any case is worth more than a degree from Trump University.
Nothing could be more emblematic of the cheap phoniness that has characterized Trump’s attempted hostile takeover of the Republican Party.
On a tip from Stormfax.