The U.S. Men’s Olympic ice hockey team celebrated the 40th anniversary of their historic win in 1980 over the Soviet Union in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Members of the gold medal-winning “Miracle on Ice” squad, including team captain Mike Eruzione, appeared on stage at a Las Vegas rally Friday night for President Donald Trump wearing red hats emblazoned with Trump’s “Keep America Great” slogan.
Watch as President Trump welcomes members of the Miracle on Ice team to his rally in Las Vegas. Those in attendance include Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, Bill Baker, Dave Christian, Ken Morrow, Jack O'Callahan, Mike Ramsey, Mark Wells, and assistant coach Craig Patrick. pic.twitter.com/2l0ZXu4iWi
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 21, 2020
According to MSN – The player’s support for Trump didn’t sit well with his opponents, who criticized a team that once unified a nation. The backlash was enough to prompt the 1980 team’s official Twitter account to issue a response.
“To us, this is not about politics or choosing sides,” @1980MiracleTeam tweeted. “This is about proudly representing the United States of America. Whether your beliefs are Democratic, Republican or Independent, etc. we support that and are proud to represent the USA.”
To us, this is not about politics or choosing sides. This is about proudly representing the United States of America. Whether your beliefs are Democratic, Republican, Independent, etc. we support that and are proud to represent the USA. It is an honor and privilege! 🏒🏅🇺🇸
— 1980 Miracle Hockey Team (@1980MiracleTeam) February 22, 2020
Should the greatest ever Olympic U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey team have to apologize for showing their support for the President of the United States?