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State of Illinois, have some pride. You’re the land of Lincoln. You boast of that heritage, on all kinds of official items and tourist appeals.

So you’d think that for the biggest inaugural parade in history, you could come up with your own, authentic, distinctive Lincoln costume for your state society treasurer or some other individual to strap on and wave to the crowds.

But no—you borrowed the Washington Nationals’ Lincoln outfit, the one that this terrible franchise uses during its cheesy “President’s races,” a form of fan entertainment. Meaning that your Illinois Lincoln outfit has a curly “W” on it. Talk about tarnishing a legacy.

Reporting by Mike DeBonis, writing by Erik Wemple