Donald Trump’s Pete Rose-Autographed Baseball Is Caught In A Web Of Lies And Deceit | Gradient

Donald Trump’s Pete Rose-Autographed Baseball Is Caught In a Web of Lies and Deceit

Last Sunday, Donald Trump, future President of the United States, tweeted the above picture with the caption: “Just received from @PeteRose_14. Thank you Pete! #VoteTrump on Tuesday Ohio!” Fair enough. If you think it’s odd that Donald Trump would tweet an endorsement from a once iconic baseball legend now disgraced by a betting scandal, you haven’t been paying attention to the Trump campaign strategy. Rose’s star may have tarnished across most of America, but he’s a hero in the Buckeye State. All that to say, nothing to see here. Or, so the Trump campaign would have you believe. But Gradient’s crack investigative team has started peeling back the layers to this seemingly innocuous tail, and what we (I) found was an ugly scandal that may go all the way to the top.

Where did the baseball come from? Rose’s attorney, for one, has no idea. As he said in a statement via The Washington Post:

Pete has made a point not to ‘endorse’ any particular presidential candidate. Though he respects everyone who works hard for our country — any outlet that misinterpreted a signed baseball for an endorsement was wrong. Pete did not send any candidate a baseball or a note of endorsement.

Hmmm. Something is rotten in the state of Ohio, which is nothing new. The Post followed up with Rose’s attorney, and things got even weirder.

We do not know how Mr. Trump got the ball. I can’t authenticate the ball from some Twitter picture. I can’t speak to how Trump got the ball. Pete didn’t send it. I made that clear.

=The Post‘s emails to the Trump campaign to clarify where exactly the baseball came from were met with silence.

So could it be possible that Donald Trump is lying to bolster his own support? Would he truly stoop to using a fake signature? If it turns out Trump is lying, will his support soar to new highs? Yes, definitely and absolutely, respectively, but further complicating the matter is Rose’s affinity for signing baseballs that say just about anything.

So just how deep does this conspiracy go? Who can we trust? So many questions, and if you’re looking for a version of events that makes sense, you’ve come to the wrong presidential election cycle.

In conclusion, good luck to Mr. Rose in his continuing effort to get into the Hall of Fame.

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