Nationals Closer Sean Doolittle Declines Visit to White House “I Just Can’t Do It”

When the MLB champion Nationals visit the White House monday it will be without relief pitcher Sean Dolittle.

Per WAMU, Trump’s invitation comes days after he attended Game 5 of the World Series at a sold-out Nats Park over the weekend. Trump, joined by first lady Melania Trump and a contingent of Republican Congress members, was met with loud boos and chants of “lock him up,” though he had some supporters among the 42,000 fans.

WJLA reports when the Washington Nationals visit the White House on Monday, it will be without Sean Doolittle.

In an interview with the Washington Post Friday night, Doolittle said he would be compromising his beliefs if he were to appear with President Donald Trump, citing the president’s actions, his rhetoric, and his policies.

“There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country. My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the ‘s***hole countries,’” Doolittle said to the Post, referring to Trump’s pejorative term for some poorer nations.

Dolittle also told Wapo

“I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and [Trump] is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter. How would I explain that to him that I hung out with somebody who mocked the way that he talked, or the way that he moves his hands? I can’t get past that stuff”

Dolittle may or may not be aware that many have disputed that Trump mocked the way the disabled reporter talked because he has given several similar impressions when mocking people who are flustered.