An up-and-coming American cyclist has been suspended from his racing team for supporting President Trump on Twitter.
Quinn Simmons, 19, was temporarily taken off the team by the Trek-Segafredo team after getting involved in an online exchange with a Dutch journalist Wednesday.
Simmons, who joined the World Tour team this year after winning the junior road world championship last year, responded to an anti-Trump tweet by cycling journalist Jose Been:
“My dear American friends, I hope this horrible presidency ends for you,” Been posted. “And for us as (former?) allies too. If you follow me and support Trump, you can go. There is zero excuse to follow or vote for the vile, horrible man.”
Simmons fired back.
The cyclist tweeted “Bye” with an emoji of a dark-skinned waving hand, according to ABC News, via the New York Post.
When another user replied, “Apparently a Trumper,” Simmons tweeted back in support of the president.
The team announced Wednesday via Twitter that it had suspended Simmons.
“Trek-Segafredo is an organization that values inclusivity and supports more diverse and equitable sports for all athletes. While we support the right to free speech, we will hold people accountable for their words and actions. Regrettably, team rider Quinn Simmons made statements online that we feel are divisive, incendiary, and detrimental to the team, professional cycling, its fans and the positive future we hope to help create for the sport. In response, he will not be racing for Trek-Segafredo until further notice.”
Statement from Trek-Segafredo and Quinn Simmons. pic.twitter.com/WvtK9htYWN
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) October 1, 2020
But, this move by the team doesn’t seem like supporting the right to free speech…merely the opposite.
Been deleted his original post and said he felt “horrible about the situation and terrible for @QuinnSimmons9 to miss his beloved classics.”
“To suspend him would never be my choice,” Been added, according to the New York Post.
Been’s account has since been deleted.
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Senator Dianne Feinstein confirmed Thursday that her home state of California will be the first in the nation to “ban toxic ingredients from personal care products” amid the nationwide CoVID pandemic and growing crime wave.
“California is once again leading the nation, this time by banning toxic ingredients from personal care products. These ingredients are harmful to our health and have no place in products we put on our skin,” posted the Democrat on Twitter.
It’s long past time for the Senate to consider the Personal Care Products Safety Act that will revamp the more than 80-year-old federal law that regulates the products we use on a daily basis. I’m calling on Senate leadership to finally bring this bill up for consideration.
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) October 1, 2020
“It’s long past time for the Senate to consider the Personal Care Products Safety Act that will revamp the more than 80-year-old federal law that regulates the products we use on a daily basis. I’m calling on Senate leadership to finally bring this bill up for consideration,” she added.
JOE DODGES: Biden Refuses to Answer Whether He Plans on 'Packing the Supreme Court'
Former Vice President Joe Biden refused to answer a series of direct questions regarding the Supreme Court Tuesday night; dodging when asked if he plans on adding additional justices if elected President.
“If Senate Republicans confirm Justice Barrett, there’s been talk about packing the court. You call this a distraction,” said Chris Wallace. “You’ve refused to talk about it, are you willing to tell the American people tonight.”
“Whatever position I take on that, that will become the issue… Go vote! I’m not going to answer the question,” deflected Biden.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 30, 2020
Watch the fiery exchange above.