House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shared a picture of the wrong black baseball player in a failed attempt to honor Willie Mays on his 90th birthday.
Pelosi tweeted a picture of her and Willie McCovey instead of Willie Mays.
Both players are Hall of Fame members and played for the San Francisco Giants.
Pelosi corrected the embarrassing mistake but it came too late to hide the error.
Happy 90th Birthday to an all-American icon, Willie Mays. A trailblazing, record-breaking baseball player, civil rights leader, and champion for youth sports and well-being, Willie Mays is a civic legend and national treasure. #SayHey90https://t.co/KLinpgJ0yL pic.twitter.com/hlpnU4nYpH
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 7, 2021
The New York Post reports:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to honor baseball legend Willie Mays for his 90th birthday Thursday, but those plans were initially fouled up after the 81-year-old pol tweeted out a smiling photo of herself — and Willie McCovey.
I commented on the New York Post Tweet about the story.
— Deneen Borelli (@deneenborelli) May 8, 2021
The comments on my Tweet show outrage over Pelosi’s mistake.
Pelosi was called a racist.
Just shows Pelosi is a racist. She thinks all black men look the same. Willie Mays looks nothing like Willie McCovey. #Liberalsare racist
— Kayla Ward. (@Kaylaward1Ward) May 8, 2021
And there was criticism about her lack of baseball knowledge.
She doesn’t know what a baseball is.
— Amicus Neanderthalensis (@Pkurtd) May 8, 2021
Team Pelosi blamed the error on a staffer.
It’s ironic that Pelosi, who pushes white supremacy, was embarrassed by a racist Tweet.