Ron DeSantis Tweeted a false statement about the thousands of protestors who appeared against Los Angeles Dodgers’ LGBTQ Pride Night and claimed the stadium was empty.
Read the news and learn what the Florida Governor wrote about the event.
Ron DeSantis Tweets Lie About L.A. Dodgers Pride Night
The L.A. Dodgers’ LGBTQ Pride Night became controversial after protestors gathered outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday.
The conservatives objected to the invitation of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which some religious conservatives believed to be offensive to Christianity and Catholicism.
The Dodgers organization received criticism for inviting the satirical and charitable troop of drag nuns to Pride Night and honoring the Sisters with a Community Hero Award for raising funds for various nonprofits. As a result, the Dodgers disinvited the Sisters and invited them after unrest from the LGBTQ+ community and others.
In their re-invitation statement on Twitter, the team noted, “We have asked the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to take their place on the field at our 10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 16th.
We are pleased to share that they have agreed to receive the gratitude of our collective communities for the lifesaving work that they have done tirelessly for decades.”
While the satirical group was given a community activism award at Dodgers stadium, religious groups protested outside the stadium and shut down the main entrance.
The protest was partly organized by a group called ‘Catholics for Catholics’ and was termed nonpolitical. But some participants wore caps bearing former President Donald Trump‘s slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Several protestors who criticized the Sister’s presence at the Pride Night have called the group ‘hateful’ and anti-Catholic. One of the protesters, Don Robert Elante, said,” I felt like I had to be here.” Demonstrators carried signs with slogans such as ‘L.A. Dodgers Promote Hate’ and ‘Dodgers Sold Their Soul.’
Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Gomez also condemned the Sisters and said, “Religious freedom and respect for the beliefs of others are hallmarks of the nation. When God is insulted, when the beliefs of many of our neighbors are ridiculed, it diminishes all of us.”
The conservatives appear happy as they cause a successful boycott through Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, and they shared a video of a nearly empty stadium as a win.
Upholding the protestors’ claim, DeSantis Tweeted that the stadium was virtually empty. He wrote, “Good on the thousands who showed up at Dodger Stadium to protest this anti-Catholic hate group. The virtually empty stadium for the game itself was a powerful image. Americans are fed up with the nonsense and are fighting back.”
However, the protesters and the governor’s claims appeared false as the stadium recorded higher attendance than normal. As per the report, the game exceeded the team’s average attendance of 47,800 people.
Joe Jareck, senior director of public relations for the Dodgers, also confirmed the guest presence and said, “Our paid attendance on Friday night was 49,074.”
So, it is apparent that the circulated photos and videos that the protesters and DeSantis specified as evidence of an empty stadium were recorded before the opening pitch of a near-empty stadium.
Following this, Twitter had to put a disclaimer on the article’s images that the stadium was “virtually empty,” as the Florida Governor described.
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