Pundits, even those vehemently opposed to President Donald Trump, said they were “sickened” by the sight of baseball fans booing the president during Sunday night’s World Series match between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.
On their Monday morning show, MSNBC Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi decried the boos and chants of “Lock him up” that erupted among fans when Trump’s name was announced on the stadium public address system and his image popped up on the giant television screen.
“We are Americans,” Scarborough said. “And we do not do that. We do not want the world hearing us chant, lock him up, to this president, or to any president.”
Even though the phrase, directed at Hillary Clinton, was a fixture at Trump’s own rallies during the 2016 campaign, the hosts said such language was uncalled for at a sporting event. Trump left the game about an hour after being booed, well before it was finished.
Politically, Washington is a heavily Democratic-leaning city. More than 90 percent of its residents voted for Clinton in the 2016 match-up.
Trump attended Sunday night’s game with First Lady Melania Trump and a handful of diehard Republican supporters from Congress.
He declined to throw out the first pitch of the series, as is customary for presidents, so as not to detract from the fan’s experience, according to Major League Baseball Rob Manfred. The privilege went instead to celebrity chef Jose Andres.
The Nationals lost Game 5 of the series 7-1.