Rio 2016: Trump latest to criticize Gabby Douglas, confuses her with Leslie Jones

Written by Nicholas Renteria

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games have been a wild ride for US gymnast Gabby Douglas.

After exiting competition with only one gold medal in the team event, and failing to medal in her lone individual event, Douglas became the subject of social media scrutiny, though not for her athletic performance.

Some Twitter users criticized Douglas for failing to enthusiastically cheer on her teammates during their individual events, and for standing at attention without her hand on her heart during the US national anthem.

For the latter faux pas, Twitter users called Douglas "shameful," "unAmerican," and even went so far as to deem Douglas' behavior symptomatic of "black America's hatred of their country."

Hope Solo, the US Women's National Team goalie, known for sparking controversy off the field, even joined in on the attacks, calling Douglas "the worst kind of coward" and "basically a terrorist."

Addressing a crowd of supporters on Monday at a rally in Ohio, Donald Trump also felt it necessary to bring up Douglas' perceived slight against America.

"When I say I want to make America great again, this is what I'm talking about. I saw that young lady standing there completely unmoved by her nation's anthem. She might as well have been texting on her phone through the whole thing," Trump told the cheering crowd.

Trump spent several minutes verbally accosting Douglas, but near the end of it he took a bizarre turn, appearing to confuse the Olympian with actress and comedian Leslie Jones, the recent subject of social media ire following her role in the Ghostbusters reboot.

"You know me, I don't wanna get racial. I don't like to make things racial, and everybody knows that about me," said Trump. "But it doesn't surprise me that the black woman who ruined Ghostbusters is the same black woman that ruined the Rio Olympics."

After waiting for the roar of agreement from his supporters to subside, Trump continued: "I mean, I'm a sympathetic guy. And I know she got sprayed with all that ghost goop in the movie and she's had a few bad hair days since, but don't take it out on the flag, lady. Not my flag."

Trump finished his Olympic commentary with a statement that was somehow even more puzzling: "And one last thing, Yulia Efimova got a bad rap. She's a fighter, she's got heart. She deserved better, and that's all I'm going to say about that."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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