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Trump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname

Former President Trump took an attempt at Ohio state Sen. Matt Dolan (R) on Monday — hours after he entered the race for the state’s open Senate seat — over the recent name change to Cleveland’s team, which is owned by his father.

“Anybody that changes the name of the once storied Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians shouldn’t be running for US Senate representing the good people of Ohio,” Trump wrote during a statement sent by the Save America PAC.

The former president wrote that the Atlanta Braves — another MLB team — and therefore the Florida State Seminoles — a university mascot — haven’t changed their monikers, yet Cleveland decided to try to do so over concerns of sensitivity regarding Native Americans.

“Despite this, a person named Matt Dolan, the son of the owner of the team said he’s against Cancel Culture. Do those two things really work together?” Trump wrote.

“In any event, I do know of a minimum of one person within the race who I won’t be endorsing. The Republican Party has too many RINOs!” he added, pertaining to “Republicans in name only.”

Cleveland’s big league team previously referred to as the Indians, officially changed its name to the Guardians in July, following the nationwide unrest that broke out last year in response to the murder of George Floyd and other instances of police brutality and injustice against Black Americans.

Trump at the time expressed opposition to the name change, arguing that “many Indians” would likely be upset by it.

His latest comments against the MLB team’s name came hours after Matt Dolan jumped into Ohio’s open senate campaign, entering a crowded GOP field filled with pro-Trump supporters.

Dolan, a centrist, suggested during a statement that the opposite candidates within the race haven’t adequately targeted the requirements of Ohioans.

“After meeting with Republicans, conservative activists, and community leaders across Ohio in recent weeks, it’s clear that the main target of the race for U.S. Senate has yet to be about our people, our interests, and our beloved state,” he said. “This changes today with the announcement of my candidacy for U.S. Senate.”

Former treasurer Josh Mandel, author and speculator JD Vance, former state GOP chairman Jane Timken, businessman Bernie Moreno and underwriter Mike Gibbons are all also vying for the Republican nomination within the race to fill retiring Sen. Rob Portman’s (R) seat.

A number of them have shown strong allegiance to Trump, and have worked to cast themselves as reliable conservatives. they need also be publicly jockeyed for the previous president’s endorsement.

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