The President of the United States made an appearance at National Park for Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday where he was jeered and booed by crowds as live footage of his group was streamed on stadium screens. Added to the embarrassment was the trolling Trump received on Twitter during and after the game, as it became clear that the president had left his son 13-year-old son, Barron, at home.
The First Lady, Melania, and several Republican members of congress could be seen in Trump’s suite at the game between Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.
Many were quick to draw attention to the absence of Trump’s teenage son, calling out a missed opportunity for the president to bond with Baron over the national sport.
One Twitter user listed everyone Trump had invited to attend the game with him, pointing out that it seemed everyone but Barron had gone along to the game.
Others mocked the president, with one user writing: “I guess Baron doesn’t like baseball, but little Matt Gaetz does,” in reference to Florida’s congressional representative.
Another wrote: “Imagine being a kid and your dad takes Lindsey Graham to the World Series instead of you.”
A third, captioned a picture of Trump and Baron mowing the lawn of the White House: “Sorry Barron, no room on the World Series Trump train tonight, I’m taking Lindsay Graham and Matt Gaetz instead. You are Barron, right?”
Many were quick to point out, however, that it was probably a good thing that the president’s son wasn’t present to hear the jeers and chants against him.
Shortly after footage of Trump and his aides appeared on the screen, chants of “lock him up!” erupted across the stadium.
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Many noted the irony in this chant as it stemmed from a slogan Trump himself contrived during the 2016 election campaign in reference to Hilary Clinton.
Footage of the incident duly swept through Twitter, showing the moment fans inside the stadium turned against the president.
Trump, a purported fan of baseball, once claimed he was courted by several major league baseball clubs in his youth but he turned them all down because they couldn’t offer him enough money.
The president left the game with one inning to go.
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It is unclear whether he left the stadium because he was unhappy with the crowd, or if he just wanted to beat the traffic as many other fans often do.
Trump is the first to break the tradition of the president throwing out a ceremonial first-pitch at a baseball game during their time in office.
Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s commissioner, said the president had told him he didn’t want to pitch a ball so as to not distract and tarnish the fans experience of the game.
On Friday, he joked that it might be hard to throw a baseball while wearing a bulletproof vest.
He said: “I don’t know, they gotta dress me up in a lot of heavy armour.
“I’ll look too heavy – I don’t like that.”
It is not the first time Trump has been humiliated by a live audience.
Earlier this month, Trump was called out during a live call with two female astronauts who had recently became the first women to perform an all female spacewalk outside of the craft.
Trump, however, congratulated the astronauts on being the pair for being “the first ever female spacewalker”.
Accompanied by daughter Ivanka and Vice President Mike Pence either side of him, as well as several NASA officials and a group of girl scouts lingering on his shoulder, Jessica Meir and Christina Koch fact-checked the president in front of everyone present, including the millions who watched the live stream.
Ms Meir and Ms Koch spent seven hours outside the space station replacing a failed power control unit.
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