Fresno Grizzlies Apologize for Bizarre Video Calling AOC an Enemy of the People

Minor league baseball team strikes out with ballsy attempt at crackerjack character assassination that's way out of left field.

Ronald Reagan was a tax-cutting, tax-hiking president who granted amnesty to millions of immigrants, and no one under the age of 52 is old enough to have voted for him, but his presidency remains the focal point of Republican politics. Yet not even Reagan rents real estate for free in the minds of some conservatives the way Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does.

They criticize her for dancing, they attack her for going by the name “Sandy” when she was in high school, they generate memes that attribute fake quotes to her — and, now, they all but call her an enemy of the people on Memorial Day.

The Fresno Grizzlies, a minor league baseball team, aired a three-and-a-half-minute video in between games of a double-header yesterday that paired a Memorial Day oration by Ronald Reagan with stirring, martial music and pictures of American soldiers from throughout history. It was Lee Greenwood-level cheesy, maybe, but harmless. Until, that is, the three-minute mark. As Reagan’s voiceover talks about the enemies of freedom, the screen shows a masked antifa protester, North Korean autocrat Kim Jong-Un, and AOC. (Then it’s on to the late Fidel Castro, antifa again, more antifa, and not one but two shots of Reagan looking presidentially concerned.)

What’s really weird is that the phrase “They will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people” plays over AOC’s face. That dubiously true myth is also an odd thing to admonish Ocasio-Cortez for, since it is John Bolton who is goading the country toward a war with Iran and other Republicans are clamoring for a military invasion of Venezuela.

Blaming bad editing, the Grizzlies apologized for comparing a sitting member of Congress to dictators at a time that’s theoretically supposed to be a day of mourning. Their contrition has a ring of sincerity beyond the usual mea culpa of this kind, and the episode is a little suspicious. If we want to be play ball in a charitable way, we could conclude that it’s the work of one bad actor who added an extra 35 seconds of footage precisely at the three-minute mark and it feels quite different in tone that came before. 

At 26-25, the Grizzlies are leading the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Division.

In other Memorial Day news pertaining to Kim Jong-Un, President Trump agreed with the murderous dictator in calling former Vice President Joe Biden a “low-IQ individual.” The slam was apparently so outrageous even Fox News hosts saw fit to call him out on it

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