13 Nov Do you think chanting ‘Lock Him Up’ at Trump at World Series is Unpatriotic?
Recently, President Donald Trump got an unexpectedly hostile reception at game five of the World Series on Sunday. Let’s see what really happened in this controversial incident. President Trump attended the fifth game of the World Series held between Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros in Washington, DC, on Sunday evening. He was accompanied in his box at the game by First Lady Melania Trump and many Republican members of Congress, including Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Liz Cheney (R-WY).
When the Jumbotron showed US service members in a tribute to them, the crowd cheered. But when the big screen showed Trump and his guests, those cheers quickly changed to boos. And then, some fans started chanting, “Lock him up.”
Additionally, some fans at Nationals Park also brought with them provocative signs demanding Trump’s impeachment. The signs read “Impeach Trump” and “Veterans for Impeachment.”
Trump supporters said that it is not surprising that the president was met with negativity on Sunday evening as Washington, DC, is a political and left-leaning place. Historically, over 90 percent of the district voted for Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton in 2016.
This has sparked debate over whether it’s patriotic or unpatriotic to boo the president
The question behind the brewing debate is: Should people be comfortable with so publicly reprimanding the president?
Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough, and Mika Brzezinski condemned the chants. “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,” Scarborough said.
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said in an interview with CNN; he has “a hard time with the idea of a crowd on a globally televised sporting event chanting ‘lock him up'” at the president. “I frankly think the office of the president deserves respect, even when the actions of our president at times don’t.” He expressed hopes that those chants probably won’t become a common feature at Democratic rallies or the Democratic National Convention next year. Others, however, said the handwringing over the booing and chants was misplaced.
Many opponents pointed out that Trump has generally shown no discomfort about the “lock her up” and “lock them up” chants that go on at his rallies. They further added a President who leads a “lock her up” chant against his political enemies reeks of authoritarianism.
It is, however, intriguing to note that a president being booed at a public event, including a baseball game, isn’t a new thing. Similar things happened to former Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Barack Obama. This is definitely not unique to Trump.