D.C. mayor deletes tweet depicting Bryce Harper as Benedict Arnold
Bryce Harper is making an early return to his old stomping grounds for a quick two-game series starting Tuesday that pits his new Philadelphia Phillies squad against his former team, the Washington Nationals.
With emotions running high as the former hero is set to make his first appearance at Nationals Park in a visitor’s uniform, the mayor of Washington D.C. took to Twitter to post an image depicting the slugger as the one of the biggest traitors in American history.
The tweet — which featured an altered image portraying Harper’s head on the body of Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold — was live on D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser’s account for scarcely 30 minutes before deletion.
Everyone knows that nothing is every truly scrubbed from the Internet, however, and Chip Brierre of D.C.’s ABC 7 was among those to capture an image of said tweet to preserve it for posterity.
This picture WAS on Mayor Bowser’s Twitter page less than 30 minutes ago, but not anymore…— Chip Brierre (@Chip_Brierre) April 1, 2019
Tomorrow is going to be nuts. #OnePursuit #HarperReturns @ABC7Sports pic.twitter.com/rO5sEO1D9l
Nationals fans were already showcasing their vitriolic anti-Harper bias on Opening Day, as the stands were littered with crudely modified Harper jerseys, among other unfavorable jabs, that made it clear that the former Nationals superstar is not looked upon fondly in D.C. any longer.
XXXXXX pic.twitter.com/8jbRE0M2U7— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) March 28, 2019
Let’s check in with Nat’s fans pic.twitter.com/ZmRFMZ8Swr— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) March 28, 2019
Not finding a whole lot of love for Bryce Harper among fans at @Nationals Park today. Check out this photo a fan shared with me. @nbcwashington #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/XQhf43ehRi— Julie Carey (@JulieCareyNBC) March 28, 2019
Not the smoothest jersey edit… pic.twitter.com/my2mNKkY7w— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 28, 2019
These are the only two Bryce Harper jerseys I’ve seen so far at Nats Park. pic.twitter.com/3jQH0mquqS— Eddie Matz (@ESPNeddiematz) March 28, 2019
There’s no telling how viciously Harper will be greeted during the two-game series, but given the already-negative vibe in town, he should expect to receive a villain’s welcome … or one befitting a traitor, apparently.