By CBS3 Staff

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.

Schilling, a six-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion, told the Arizona Republic he’s “considering it.”

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“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.”

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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.

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Schilling was named the 1993 NLCS MVP after helping to lead the Phillies to the National League pennant over the Atlanta Braves.