Nationals’ Kurt Suzuki dons MAGA hat at White House

During the World Series champion Washington Nationals visit to the White House on Nov. 4, catcher Kurt Suzuki “proudly donned a red MAGA hat and endured a very, very, very awkward hug from the President,” Yahoo Sports reported.

As Suzuki made his way to the podium, the 36-year-old native of Maui, Hawai‘i put on a red “Make America Great Again” hat. The hat has served as a trademark of Trump and his supporters since he jumped into politics in 2015, although it has also been seen as a symbol of hate and divisiveness by Trump detractors.

Looking surprised by the gesture, Trump proceeded to hug Suzuki from behind. 

Suzuki said “I love you all. I love you all. Thank you.” 

The gesture by Suzuki drew the ire of fans and supporters of him alike, with those commenting on the story on the Nichi Bei Foundation Facebook page stating they were “disappointed” in Suzuki, calling him “not a true JA (Japanese American)” or a “sell out.”

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