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President Donald Trump was met with loud, sustained boos and chants of “Lock him up!” from fans at Nationals Park on Sunday when he was shown on the in-stadium video screen after the third inning of Game 5 of the World Series.
The boos ended only after the video screen cut to a shot of U.S. service members waving to the crowd and then showed a message thanking the military. Trump is attending the game with five wounded veterans.
Then, as Washington Nationals starter Joe Ross took the mound to warm up for the fourth inning, fans started chanting “Lock him up!” in an apparent reference to ongoing impeachment proceedings against the president. Pro-Trump crowds have frequently chanted “Lock her up!” about Hillary Clinton at the president’s campaign rallies.
An Associated Press writer also tweeted a photo of baseball fans in the crowd displaying a banner that read “IMPEACH TRUMP!” Yet another Twitter user posted a photos showing game-goers sitting behind home plate displaying a banner that read “VETERANS FOR IMPEACHMENT.”
The booing and chanting were not shown during Fox’s live broadcast of the game. Trump was shown on the TV broadcast as the commentators noted that multiple presidents have attended World Series games, and then the broadcast cut to a promo.
Trump was attending his first major league game since he took office in January 2017. He did not throw out the ceremonial first pitch and arrived with no fanfare just as the game began.
The president emerged from his motorcade wearing a dark suit and tie. He took a seat in a lower-tier box to the left of home plate.
His arrival was not shown on in-stadium video monitors, but fans near Trump turned and took pictures of him.
The president’s World Series entourage also included two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Florida’s Marco Rubio. Also in the group was Congressmember Kevin Brady of Texas.
Trump, who campaigned on a promise to “drain the swamp,” is deeply unpopular in the Washington area. He received 4 percent of the vote in the District of Columbia and lost both Maryland and Virginia in 2016.
The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros went into Game 5 tied at two games apiece.
(Video: Dante Verme) pic.twitter.com/MVwS2QljyG
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) October 28, 2019
Chants of “lock him up!” at World Series after Trump shown on Jumbotron pic.twitter.com/VHWwtT2VrL
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 28, 2019
At the World Series pic.twitter.com/AdSgmlwrNi
— Michael Tackett (@tackettdc) October 28, 2019
Then there’s this beautiful “veterans for impeachment” sign pic.twitter.com/IyHCS1QZrN
— Ed (@EdbrohamLincoln) October 28, 2019
Updated Oct. 27, 6:25 p.m. Updated that President Trump was booed during the game.
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