Two-time World Series champion Aubrey Huff tweeted shock on Sunday over demonstrations at U.S. airports against President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban for seven terror-prone countries. After a backlash, Huff’s tweets disappeared.
The former San Francisco Giants player first tweeted, “I mean seriously what the h**l is going on? If you have time 2 march, protest and riot. Maybe it’s time for something called a job!”
The tweets caused a big social media debate. Some expressed disapproval while others defended Trump’s temporary travel restriction. The President’s executive order applies to seven countries that the Obama administration previously identified as “countries of concern.”
Huff’s third tweet in the series of four lauded Trump for following through on campaign promises, “So refreshing to see a president follow through with his campaign promises. God bless the future of this great country and keep it safe!”
One tweeter responded to Huff’s well wishes for the country with, “actually this is a very dark time in American history. Watching you get demolished on twitter makes things a little more ok tho.”
Huff had posted to Facebook late on Sunday evening about being attacked on Twitter:
“For all my friends who aren’t following me in twitter it might entertain you to follow me. I’m getting lambasted right now about the recent marches and protests, and it’s absolutely hilarious! @aubrey_huff”
The Facebook post was met with thumbs up, “haha,” and “love” reactions as well as largely supportive comments toward Huff.
Earlier on Sunday, Huff posted a news report along with a message about protesters that included a welcome for immigrants tempered with a desire to see policies aimed at keep America safe. “…I’m all for immigrants coming to America that’s what makes this country great. The land of opportunity for all. But there has got to be a bigger background check on everyone, and it has to be done legally! I don’t know call me stupid, but I call it common sense.”
Tthe four tweets, which had remained in the early hours of the day, were no longer available by late Monday morning.
Huff has been promoting his book Baseball Junkie: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of a World Series Champion.
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