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Mar 15 2016

Trump Fakes Pete Rose Endorsement

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:

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:

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.

  • ComradeJ

    Sounds like
    – fake BBB +A certificate he forged for Trump Unicorns University
    – the Trump steaks

    … With the possible difference that he may have bought it as memorabilia.

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  • David

    The panic is palpable.

  • trump man

    This endorsement is not fake. Democrats in ohio taking republican ballots. When newman ask dem voter why she is taking republican ballot he asks her to vote against trump ? No she says to vote for trump to bring our jobs back! Good news for trump bad news for hillary!

  • Lockstein13

    I do not see an “endorsement” in the tweet.

    I DO, however, see a SMEAR in this article.

    If it is true Pete Rose will write anything on a baseball for $75, as claimed by Mr. Fischesser, then Trump bought a signed ball, and he’s showing it off.

    BOO HOO.

  • Duckster1964

    Trump never claimed it was an endorsement, it just says he got a baseball signed by Pete Rose…If every autographed baseball that Pete Rose sends out is a presidential endorsement, then there are thousands of people out there running for president…

    I like how his attorney claims he never sent this particular ball to Trump, but he has no problem with the ones claiming Pete Rose shot JFK, was the first man on the moon and broke up the Beatles…

    Dave Blount has gone full-moonbat, NEVER go full moonbat…

  • ComradeJ

    Trump’s quote

    Just received from @PeteRose_14.

    From the article

    Pete didn’t send it.

    Trump Lied… again.

  • ComradeJ

    How do you tell Trump’s lying. It’s his lips…

  • ComradeJ

    He’s a serial exaggerator and a casual liar. There are several similar examples, yet his followers act as though he’s honest, and he’s telling the truth when he says he’ll build the wall and halt Muslim immigration. Haven’t they known liars like Trump, before?

  • JB

    Does Cruz count?

  • ComradeJ

    What blows my mind is that he lies even where there is no need to lie. (if there is ever a ‘need to lie’, but you know what I mean), just because he can, just to puff himself up.

    There is one other person, that comes to mind immediately when one tries to think of lying narcissist – Obama.

  • Tadpole

    “Nothing could be more emblematic of the cheap phoniness that has characterized Trump’s attempted hostile takeover of the Republican Party.”

    What a snarl of contempt for the millions who are so enthusiastically supporting Trump!

    I am truly amazed at the Leftist-level of hatred for ones fellow citizens exhibited by so many “conservative” bloggers on the Trump-issue. It really seems to have touched a nerve. Maybe working in the business alongside so many self-hating lefties has a transference effect. The implication is that the people in “fly-over” country are just a bit too thick and red-necked for polite society, since they have fallen for such a clownish snake-oil salesman. Oikophobia, I had believed till now, was a leftist malady.

  • ComradeJ

    Great way to attack that straw man! lol

  • GhostRider2001

    Not the first time the egotistical and gullible Trump has been punked.

  • Duckster1964

    Who else would send him a baseball with Trump’s slogan in Pete Rose’s handwriting?

  • jayeS

    attempted hostile takeover of the Republican Party. – See more at:

  • jayeS

    If one thinks about it, Trump could buy every piece of Pete Rose memorabilia available. Rose didn’t make it to the Hall of Fame due to his gambling problem. I’m not so sure Trump relishes anything Pete Rose gives him. My son has a signed picture of him and Pete Rose together in Las Vegas, big whoop.

  • Artfuldgr

    you miss the point of that hostile takeover thing, it implies that somehow, a man who isn’t part of the establishment like Cruz and doesn’t have permission to run from our overlords somehow made it past their net.

    anyone cant run anymore is the point…
    only those approved can…
    the people be damned

  • Artfuldgr

    the panic is about all those deals the dems made around the world that a establishment person would not ruin and a non establishment person would just by acting without regard to the game. Some of them must be some big promises if china and others are bitching as if they have some say or some influence with someone who does…

  • Duckster1964

    Good luck on your son’s presidential bid…;)

  • jayeS

    My son isn’t Presidential material, he’s a staunch conservative – more than I am! I guess what I said above went over your head. Oh well.

  • jayeS

    Uh, that’s what I said above in the first sentence. I made the point.

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