President Trump and first lady Melania received enthusiastic cheers from the crowd at the highly anticipated game between the hometown Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers.
The president has seemed to be enjoying attending sporting events with this making it the third major one he participated in 14 days. He and the first lady traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where they were introduced at Bryant-Denny Stadium moments before the game began.
The crowd erupted in cheers but were accompanied by just a few boos. The group enthusiastically started shouting “USA, USA” as the president made his appearance. President Trump won the state of Alabama during the 2016 presidential election, so this warm reception was not that shocking. By an overwhelming 63 percent of the vote, Trump won over this southern state.
Trump gave a thumbs-up, and he and the first lady were all smiles as Alabama fans waved festive pompoms in return. Sitting in the box with the president and first lady were Senator Richard Shelby and various members of Congress.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban called it an honor that the president showed interest and turned up for the game. He said that they would do everything they could to welcome him.
Trump’s influence in Alabama is being felt on a political level as well. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vowed to support the president adamantly and asked for Trump’s endorsement in the 2020 Alabama Republican Senate primary. He said he is willing to work for his support and “will be seeking it.” Sessions have been very supportive of Trump’s conservative agenda and have called him a better president than almost any other he’s seen in his lifetime.
His reason for believing he is deserving of the endorsement is that he was the first senator to support Trump. Session has vowed to back Trump even more aggressively if he goes back to the senate.
The reception Trump got when he attended Game 5 of the World Series, which occurred in Washington, was much different. The Astros and the Nationals were battling it out when Trump was introduced after the third inning. During the Nationals’ regular salute to the veterans which they figure during their games, the fans started chanting ‘lock him up.” He sat in a suite with other politicians, including Senator Lindsey Graham.
When he showed up at the UFC 244 fight at Madison Square Garden, he was also received with boos. However, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Dana White, has said that he will never say anything negative about President Trump. White relayed that Trump had been there for him when others were not. He also called the president loyal and has always been congratulatory and supportive of his successes.
Outside the Louisiana State-Alabama game, there was a commotion that has taken on national attention. Last summer in London, the now-infamous “Baby Trump” balloon made its first appearance. This up to 20-foot tall floating balloon depicts Trump as a baby with a phone in his hand displaying Twitter. There was a small anti-Trump protest where this “Baby Trump” balloon was on display, where the organizers paid a staggering $4,500 to use for the day.
A 32-year-old Alabama fan, Hoyt Hutchinson, attacked the balloon with a knife, which resulted in an 8-foot-long slash in it. On Facebook live, Hutchinson discussed the protest and his plans to pop the balloon.
“I’m fixin’ to pop this balloon. Stay tuned. It should be interesting,” he said. Very quickly after he launched the attack, security apprehended him.
Hoyt was transported to Tuscaloosa County Jail, where he was held on a $2,500 bond,” said in a statement from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, police. Friends of Hutchison started a crowdsourcing page in an effort to help him raise bail and raised over $42,000 for his legal defense. The description included: “Hoyt made sure our beloved president didn’t have to see this disrespectful balloon on the streets of Ttown today!!”
Hoyt is being charged with a felony criminal mischief for his actions. Liberals across the country have shown extreme outrage to Hoyt’s balloon deflation. He this statement in regards to his angry critics, “That’s the first time I’ve ever seen a liberal get mad about chopping up a baby.”
While it is fair to say that what Hoyt did was the destruction of property, however, the contrast of outrage and punishment that is shown by the Left is vastly different.
For example, in June, a conservative journalist, Andy Ngo, was brutally attacked by Antifa activists, and no one has been arrested. Ngo was severely beaten and robbed by an Antifa member. The media widely ignored this, and the coverage that it did get was usually in support of the left-wing mob.
“The most serious injury to me was my brain in the course of the mob beating, so going forward I will be having various forms of neurophysical therapy and speech therapy to address some of the neurological challenges that I’ll be having,” Ngo said in an interview.
The attack occurred in Portland, Oregon, when the antifascist group Antifa was violently protesting a march led by the Proud Boys, a far-right organization. Ngo has expressed great distaste at how the Portland police took minimal action, with none of his attackers have been arrested or held accountable. Ngo said that this injustice is the potential of normalizing political violence.
Senator Ted Cruz put forth a resolution that would label Antifa as a domestic terrorist group. Cruz also sent a letter to Attorney General William Bar advocating for an investigation into this antifascist group.
It is not that most people on the right are double-minded and believe what the balloon slasher did was right, it is instead calling out the complete hypocrisy of justice that occurs between those who call themselves Republicans versus Democrats.
Our current political environment is insanely divisive. Trump supporters vehemently show their backing of the president while his haters seemingly will go to any lengths to see him fail. President Trump’s appearances at these recent sporting events show how truly divided the American people are when it comes to his presidency.