PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling is “absolutely considering” running for Congress in Arizona and he already has one prominent backer – President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, the president referred to the former All-Star as a “patriot” and said it was “terrific” that Schilling is thinking about running for office.
Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
Schilling, a six-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion, told the Arizona Republic he’s “considering it.”READ MORE: Josh Shapiro Breaks With Gov. Tom Wolf Over Strategy On Climate Change
“The state is not the state I grew up in. 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 told the Arizona Republic in a statement. “When you have homeless veterans, children, and you’re spending tax dollars on people smuggling drugs and children across our border someone in charge needs their ass kicked.”READ MORE: Attorneys 'Hit A Snag,' Jury Sent Home In John Dougherty, Councilmember Bobby Henon Bribery Trial
In 2016, ESPN fired Schilling over an anti-transgender Facebook post. The company also suspended the former pitcher in 2015 for an anti-Muslim tweet.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia's Project HOME Opens Maguire Residence In Kensington
Schilling was named the 1993 NLCS MVP after helping to lead the Phillies to the National League pennant over the Atlanta Braves.