Schilling hasn’t actually announced that he’s running for congress, mind you. But anyone who has ever Googled his name knows that he’s a former Boston Red Sox player who turned into a transphobic sports commentator and far-right conspiracy theorist and Islamophobe — exactly the sort of man Trump would love in Congress.
Let’s take a quick look at Schilling’s public record, shall we?
Schilling was always known as a “conservative loudmouth” who’d call into Boston radio shows in the early 2000s to shill for antigay President George W. Bush. (See what we did there?) In 2007, he launched his own political blog in which he wrote about being a Christian and “why the media sucks.”
After Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts died in 2009, Schilling briefly considered running as an independent, stating that he was anti-abortion, against gay marriage, in support of lower taxes and “absolutely for the 2nd Amendment.”
Then, in 2010, ESPN hired him as a sports commentator, but it fired him in 2016 for a tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis and another rabidly transphobic tweet arguing against trans-inclusive bathroom access while presenting a caricature of trans femininity meant to elicit disgust.
Schilling is also an avid collector of Nazi memorabilia, though he says “[It’s] not a Nazi collection. It’s a collection of World War II stuff.’’
Since Trump’s tweet, Schilling has spilt a lot of digital ink on Twitter defending his own conservative viewpoints, blaming the media and politicians for his failures and explaining why kids shouldn’t be allowed to express their own gender identity.
In short, it’s not hard to see why Trump likes the guy so much.