Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is denying the media’s claim that he was scowling and casting shade on President Trump, during the team’s visit to the White House this week. In fact, the player says he was acting out of respect for the president, not anger.
Members of the sports media began chattering after the team’s March 12 visit to the White House with some insisting that Altuve must have been scowling at Trump, because the player stood during the photo op with an overly serious face, that some said appeared to be a scowl.
Jose Altuve looks pumped to be at the White House pic.twitter.com/8vNmaumhIb
— Barstool News Network (@BarstoolNewsN) March 12, 2018
Deadspin, for instance, called the player’s demeanor “pretty awkward.” The article went on to say the player’s behavior was “steely-eyed,” and was then cited as an example of his “resting visceral disgust face.”
The Huffington Post joined the fun saying that Altuve was “not remotely intimidated by President Trump” during the visit.
“The Astros second baseman appeared stone-faced through most of the visit,” HuffPo added.
But after the liberals held him up as their new hero of the #resistance, Altuve had to correct the record.
Indeed, Altuve said that he looked that way out of respect for the president, not out of disgust.
In response to a question by the Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan, Altuve was shocked by the claims he was dissing Trump.
“I’m (standing) behind the president, probably one of the most important guys in the world,” Altuve said. “I can’t be laughing or doing stupid things while he’s talking. I need to listen.”
More Altuve: "I'm (standing) behind the president, probably one of the most important guys in the world. I can't be laughing or doing stupid things while he's talking. I need to listen."
— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) March 13, 2018
It looks like the liberals were once again just engaging in their favorite pastime of “projection.”
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