At Game 5 of the World Series, the Washington D.C. crowd booed President Trump who was attending the game. Earlier that same day, Trump announced the elimination of ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
When he was introduced on the stadium video screen, people booed vigorously and chanted, “lock him up.”
WATCH: President Trump met with loud boos as he is introduced at the World Series in Nationals Park on Sunday night. pic.twitter.com/4RTW8ZqxqP
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 28, 2019
Was it surprising that a DC-based crowd was booing the President? Absolutely not. After all, this is a President who built his entire campaign around ridiculing DC as “the swamp.” And in the 2016 election, only 4 percent of DC voters supported Trump.
What was surprising, was the backlash this crowd received. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” anchors ridiculed the crowd for chanting “lock him up.”
“We are Americans 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,” Joe Scarborough said.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) October 28, 2019
The timing of the crowd’s reaction was revealing. The crowd booed Trump on the same day he announced his administration and U.S. personnel had taken out the founder and leader of ISIS.
When the Obama administration took out Osama Bin Ladin, despite partisan ideology, people were thrilled that the man responsible for the deadly attacks on 9/11 was eliminated. But, when the Trump administration takes out the founder of ISIS, he is met with criticism over the legitimacy of his situation room picture.
The death of an ISIS leader should be a moment of bi-partisan support, and a time for all Americans to celebrate. The death of an ISIS leader should not be met with criticism or sympathetic headlines. The death of an ISIS leader should be a moment that Americans can share pride and put aside party lines.
The showing at Nationals Park was just another example of how the era of bi-partisanship is all but dead in the era of Trump.