Are You Ready For President Curt Schilling?

Curt Schilling behind the batting cage

Former MLB star pitcher Curt Schilling apparently plans to run for president in 2024 — or 2020 if Hillary Clinton gets elected in November.

“I’m going to run, soon,” Curt Schilling vowed.

“State office first, White House in 8 years,” he added about the possibility of #Schilling2024 becoming a reality.

He similarly reaffirmed his interest in elective office on Twitter yesterday.

Along with the breaking news that Tim Tebow might pursue a career in professional baseball, the Twitter response to the Schilling for president meme is what you might expect.

The right-leaning righty revealed his supposed political aspirations on Facebook over the weekend. Schilling started the ball rolling, as it were, by pointing out what he considered the extreme hypocrisy of ex-California state senator Leland Yee, a gun control-supporting Democrat, who is heading to prison for weapons trafficking.

“Can’t get over just how fraudulent the entire party is. From Obama, Clinton to Pelosi and Reid to this a**hole,” Schilling declared.

In April, the controversial Schilling, 49, was fired by ESPN, where he was appearing on Monday Night Baseball, after posting an anti-transgender meme to his Facebook page in connection with the North Carolina bathroom law. Last year, Schilling was benched from ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball as well as Baseball Tonight after a controversial tweet comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis, for which he apologized.

The potential MLB Hall of Famer has also strongly criticized ESPN for allegedly only applying the no-politics rule to conservatives and not liberals and claimed that the network is a hotbed of racism. In May, he also accused the sports network of editing him and the famous “bloody sock” Game 6 out of the 30 for 30 documentary about 2004 MLB American League Championship Series in which the Red Sox stormed back from an 0-3 deficit to defeat the New York Yankees and then go on to win the World Series title.

A post-season hero, Schilling retired from professional baseball with an MLB win-loss record of 216-146, with more than 3,000 strikeouts and a career 3.46 ERA. The former member of the Philadelphia Phillies was a three-time World Series champion (2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and 2004 and 2007 with the Boston Red Sox) before joining ESPN as a baseball commentator in 2010. He is also a throat cancer survivor as well as the owner of a now-bankrupt Rhode Island video game company, 38 Studios.

At the time, Schilling was approached about running in the 2010 Massachusetts special election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy in Washington. Schilling declined, but fellow Republican Scott Brown won the election to finish out Kennedy’s term.

In the context of the 38 Studios debacle, Schilling sparred with a Facebook commenter who responded to the Leland Yee posting by suggesting that Schilling might be an expert in fraud.

“Your dumb a** state offered my company a bond to move there? You dumba**es elected and continue to elect inept, corrupt and ignorant public officials? Because I invested 50m of my own money in my company?” Schilling fired back.

“Schilling has been a political lightning rod at the national level since shuttering 38 Studios, frequently commenting about public affairs on social media,” the Boston Globe observed.

Since exiting ESPN, the politically incorrect Schilling has “taken to more aggressively sharing his political views. He is fiercely critical of Clinton and supports Donald Trump for president.”

“Schilling is an outspoken conservative who has rallied against President Obama and has frequently shared less-than-kind words about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton,” Fox Sports added.

Curt Schilling regularly appears on Boston sports radio station WEEI as both a guest and a stand-in host and will no doubt field questions about his plans for elected office. Accordingly, watch this space for updates.

Do you think that Curt Schilling has a future in public office and beyond that, will Curt Schilling for president, i.e., #Schilling2024, gain any traction?

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