Why Trump getting heckled at the World Series matters more than you think
While the Nationals just won the World Series after a thrilling seven game series, not everyone in Washington D.C. is celebrating. The President of the United States of America was booed and heckled on Sunday at Game 5 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals. While this might just seem like a normal occurrence of the public criticizing a politician, this is actually a big deal.
Baseball is known as America’s Pastime, a nickname that is well deserved, because presidents of the United States of America have been throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at games since 1910 when President Taft started the tradition. More than a century has passed since then and during that time American presidents have dealt with their fair share of criticism. President Richard Nixon resigned from office, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House and all the presidents in between were subjected to some level of disapproval by the American public, but every President could always find refuge in a baseball stadium, well until Game 5 of the 2019 World Series.
However, American history is not the only thing that shows that President Trump getting booed was out of the ordinary. To find another telling sign we only have to go back a few hours before the first pitch in Game 5. On Sunday morning President Trump held a press conference where he bragged about how American forces killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The fact that the fans in attendance at Nationals Park still showed President Trump no love after the announcement of a successful major military operation matters. President Trump even compared the killing of al-Baghdadi to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Interestingly enough, the news spread of Osama bin Laden’s death during a baseball game in Philadelphia between the Phillies and the New York Mets. The fans in attendance at that game reacted by cheering and chanting “U.S.A.”. In contrast, President Trump was greeted to chats of “Lock Him Up”.
While what happened to Trump during the World Series shows how little support he has in the nation’s capital, it also shows just how large of an effect the current President has had on American society. A large part of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign showcased how he would reject presidential norms and after almost 3 years in office he has done just that. The term “presidential behavior” has never meant much to Trump, but now the American public are playing along too. By booing Trump at the World Series, Americans openly decided that if Trump doesn’t treat the presidency with respect, neither will they. Trump might not get a second term, but he has undeniably had a big impact on the relationship between Americans and the occupant of the Oval Office.
The jeers from the Washington D.C. crowd at the World Series were met with both support and criticism from the left and the right. Americans will spend a decent amount of time debating whether the booing was just a good and normal occurrence of Americans exercising their freedom of speech to bash a politician, but what is certainly clear is that the booing of President Trump at the game will be remembered long after Trump is no longer the president.