A former aide to Hillary Clinton mocked University of Alabama fans for cheering on President Donald Trump during a weekend college football game.
Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress, took to Twitter on Sunday to weigh in on the contest between Alabama and LSU, which resulted in a 46-41 defeat for the Crimson Tide.
Wins and losses happen, but you can be a sore winner and a happy loser?
— Brandon Worsham (@br4nd032) November 10, 2019
Trump, who was in attendance for the game, received loud cheers from the crowd.
“The Nationals fans boo Trump and win the World Series. Alabama fans cheer Trump and lose the first home game in 31 games,” she said. “It’s a sign.”
As noted by Tanden, the reception Trump received in Tuscaloosa stood in stark contrast to the welcome he got last month when he showed up to a World Series game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros in Washington, D.C.
Trump was met with a mixture of cheers and boos as he entered Madison Square Garden in early November for UFC 244.
Trump, sports lightning rod
The firebrand nature of Trump’s presence was evidenced by events taking place outside the University of Alabama stadium as well.
A man was arrested Saturday for allegedly stabbing a “Baby Trump” balloon set up to protest the president’s appearance at the Alabama-LSU game.
Hoyt Hutchinson, a 32-year-old supporter of Trump and Alabama football, made no effort to hide his responsibility for the crime. He posted a video to Facebook announcing that he was going after the balloon, which depicts Trump as a crying baby wearing a diaper and holding a cell phone.
“I’m going down here to make a scene. So y’all watch the news. If you got any balls come join me,” Hutchinson said in the clip. “This is pathetic. I’m fixing to get rowdy.”
- A University of Alabama student speaks on “MSNBC Live with Kendis Gibson” in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Nov. 10, 2019.: YouTube