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Trump backs bloody sock Red Sox hero Curt Schilling’s bid for Congress


Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling #38 throws out the first pitch after being inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins during the game on August 3, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

To Donald Trump, Curt Schilling is a patriotic hero looking to bring conservative sanity back to Capitol Hill. To Red Sox Nation, he’s the hero pitcher who came back from injury with blood soaking through his sock.

Don’t ask what Yankee fans think about the wannabe Arizona congressman.

Trump tweeted support for Schilling after a Fox News segment touted his plan to run against one of Arizona’s five Democratic representatives.

“Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific!” Trump tweeted.

Schilling told The Arizona Republic he is “absolutely considering” making a race for Congress to spotlight his anti-immigrant views and steadfast support for the president.

“Making Arizona citizens of EVERY Race, religion and sexual orientation 2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants is about as anti-American as it gets,” Schilling wrote in an email to the paper.

Schilling may be signalling he has given less than maximum thought to the political plan by not identifying which seat he might run for.

The closest Democratic seat is held two-term moderate Tom O’Halleran, whose district stretches from the suburbs of Phoenix and Tucson to the sparsely populated northeast corner of the state. He won reelection in 2018 by a 7.5% margin.