Thursday November 3rd, 2016

The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and were the favorites to win the title all season long.

As the Chicago bandwagon got more and more crowded, one Republican presidential candidate didn't hop on.

Back in March, Donald Trump said that Cubs ownership was doing a "rotten job" running the team.

When the Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs, donated millions of dollars to an anti-Trump super PAC during the Republican primary, Trump threatened the family in a tweet, saying they "better be careful, they have a lot to hide."

The Washington Post editorial board later asked Trump what he meant by the tweet during an interview.

"Well, it means that I’ll start spending on them," Trump replied. "I’ll start taking ads telling them all what a rotten job they’re doing with the Chicago Cubs. I mean, they are spending on me. I mean, so am I allowed to say that? I’ll start doing ads about their baseball team. That it’s not properly run or that they haven’t done a good job in the brokerage business lately."

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Despite initially opposing Trump, the Ricketts family donated $1 million to a pro-Trump super PAC in September. A political strategist for the family told The Wall Street Journal that the Ricketts believe it is time to unite behind the nominees” and that the move was "all about helping Republicans win in the fall.”

Doubting the Cubs may have been ill-advised, but it isn't the first time Trump has had a questionable sports take.

– Ryan Fish

 

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