Major League Baseball investigates umpire’s tweet about Trump, guns and civil war

Major League Baseball will look into a tweet sent by Rob Drake, an umpire, that mentioned the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump, firearms and the spectre of an American civil war, a spokesman said.

Drake tweeted Tuesday (US time), "I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!! #MAGA2020."

Major League Baseball umpire Rob Drake.Credit:AP

The tweet, which was first reported by ESPN, has since been deleted and the account was deactivated.

Drake previously had posted several other tweets supporting Trump and criticising the impeachment inquiry.

USA Today reported that Drake's previous tweets included a reply repeating the debunked conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

Another tweet included an expletive to call Hillary Clinton a "liar" about a lethal attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

The umpires' union said: "Rob is a passionate individual and an outstanding umpire. He chose the wrong way to convey his opinion about our great country."

A Democratic-led impeachment investigation in the House of Representatives into the actions of Trump began earlier this month.

Drake, 50, made his major league debut in 1999. He worked post-season games nearly every season from 2010 to 2015, and was part of the umpiring crew during the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and the All-Star Game in 2013.

Drake, an Arizona resident, went on bereavement leave during the 2016 season when his wife died suddenly.

New York Times

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