Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
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Trump swaps baseball boos for cheers at Louisiana-Alabama football game

Trump swaps baseball boos for cheers at Louisiana-Alabama football game

While the president might have received a largely warm reception inside the stadium, there were also signs of protest in Tuscaloosa before the game. The towering Baby Trump balloon was set up in a nearby park.

A towering "Baby Trump" protest balloon was knifed and deflated by someone unhappy with its appearance during President Donald Trump's Saturday trip to Alabama, organizers said. Girvan said the unidentified man was arrested.

President Donald Trump caught former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement of a U.S. Senate run on Fox News last night, adding "he said very nice things about me".

An online campaign raised more than $5,000 in less than 12 hours to bring the inflatable caricature to Tuscaloosa after it was announced that President Trump would be attending the game.

Kennedy said he's accompanied "Baby Trump" to many appearances and never witnessed an attack on it, although someone did stab one of the balloons in London earlier this year.

There was little sign of political sentiment on campus but plenty of bipartisan grumbling about the long lines to get in due to enhanced security. One protester carried a sign that said "Roll Tide Impeach 45" - referring to Alabama's "Crimson Tide" nickname. Eleven months later, Trump sent this tweet: "The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn't tell me he was going to recuse himself.I would have quickly picked someone else". There were flags emblazoned with "Trump 2020" and banners that read: "Keep America Great Trump 2020".

Trump was also booed while he attended the UFC fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 2.

He knew he was heading to friendlier turf Saturday.

Trump said Thursday that Tuberville "is doing very well" in noting the competition Sessions will face.

Ahead of Trump's visit to Alabama's campus, a message was sent by a school official, warning that anybody sitting in the student section would be instantly "removed" if they exhibited any "disruptive behavior, according to the Washington Post".

In Alabama, where he won 63% of the vote in 2016, the president generated some heat.

Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III said, "Just for him even wanting to come to this game, it just shows, like I said, the magnitude of the game".

The Republican senators who wrote in support of Sessions include Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, and Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

Trump left in the fourth quarter of LSU's 46-41 win.

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