An Ohio candidate for the U.S. Senate says he offered to buy Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians for $1 billion in order to prevent the team from renaming itself after being pressured to do so by left-wing groups.
Bernie Moreno, a luxury car dealer and billionaire blockchain executive running for retiring Sen. Rob Portman’s seat, told Fox News Wednesday he made his incredible offer to the Dolan family, the owners of the legacy baseball team that was founded in 1894, but his offer was refused.
The Senate candidate said that he wanted to purchase the team because as the Indians, it “means a lot to northeast Ohio” and “a lot” to “generations” of fans “who grew up there.”
“So for the name change to happen, it was just a classic example of the kind of cancel culture woke-ism that’s affecting our nation,” Moreno told Fox News. “And it just really bothers me that a small group of white, liberal activists can make something like that happen.
“It’s the wrong decision and we want to reverse it,” he added.
The team agreed to change its name in July to the Cleveland Guardians.
Moreno also lamented “the woke mob” behind the name change and suggested there were alternatives to simply changing the historic name like choosing “to honor Native Americans.”
He also said that the offer, which was backed by other financial interests, was a “personal instinct” but it didn’t matter in the end because the offer was rejected.
Fox News said that the Dolan family did not comment on Moreno’s offer. Matt Dolan, an Ohio state senator whose father owns the MLB team, is also running in the increasingly crowded Republican primary for Portman’s seat.
The Senate candidate said he believes many Americans are increasingly “fed up” with the so-called cancel culture and that more are beginning to see that as a means to “silence your thoughts.”
“It starts by silencing your words, and when they silence your words, they control your thoughts,” Moreno noted. “They get that. People are intuitively smart about these kinds of things, and they’ve just had it.”
“People do not want that. This is America,” he added. “We believe in the marketplace of ideas. We believe in a country with the principle where we can speak our mind, even if we’re wrong, by the way.”
Others have also criticized the Indians for caving in to pressure to change the team’s name after more than 125 years.
The Hill media analyst and Fox News contributor Joe Concha said in July after the team announced the change to Guardians that the Biden administration “completely” supported the decision “because they’re so afraid of the woke mob on the left in their own party.”
“If the term Indians is so overtly racist, how did it survive for a century?” Concha asked. “And are the Braves in Atlanta next? Florida State [Seminoles] next? The Kansas City Chiefs? Maybe it’s just a symbol of pride and tradition; celebrating Indian culture.”
As for Moreno, the candidate told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he would welcome an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.
“I would be honored to have Donald Trump’s endorsement,” Moreno said. “He’s the leader of the Republican party. He’s very popular in the Republican party. He’s very popular in Ohio.”
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