Veterans Hold ‘Veterans For Impeachment’ Sign Behind Home Plate During World Series Game
President Trump may have carved time out to watch the Houston Astros-Washington Nationals World Series game at Nationals Park, but he left early after a stadium of fans booed him. A banner that read “Impeach Trump” unfolded before his very eyes, and two sets of veterans held up two “Veterans for Impeachment” signs behind home plate.
Trump and Melania were joined in their Washington Suite by daughter Ivanka Trump, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and others. Critics are also wondering why Trump didn’t elect to take his 12-year-old son to the World Series event.
When the boos first started, Trump reacts briefly by turning to his wife, Melania.
Trump had inconspicuously arrived just after the first inning. The Game 5 World Series event was an apolitical American pastime medium of entertainment until the third inning, during the salute to veterans. The ballpark began streaming a segment for veterans on the big screen. Fans cheered in honor of veterans.
Then, the video panned over to Trump. The cheers dwindled and the boos and heckling could not be missed. Trump’s face falls for a moment as he turns over to Melania, who seems more advanced in maintaining a poker face.
For several minutes, Trump and his entourage white-knuckled their smiles while the crowd chanted, “Lock Him Up!”
Trump is currently facing an impeachment inquiry for allegedly trading U.S. resources for Ukraine’s assistance in helping him win his 2020 campaign. Though Trump had announced hours earlier a victory against ISIS, this sold-out stadium of Americans was more concerned with his illegal attempt to use our tax dollars for his personal gain.
In fact, the Washington Post reports that Trump has “virtually never been seen in Washington outside the White House, his own hotel, and a handful of other highly controlled settings.” While Trump has happily allowed his supporters to chant, “Lock Her Up!,” in reference to Hillary Clinton, this may be the first time Trump has been in a crowd full of dissenters. It was a big crowd. Huge.
Home plate seats that typically go for $10k were occupied by “Veterans for Impeachment” sign holders.
That means their message was aired on national television to 10.22 million viewers on television alone. The men holding the signs, Alan Pitts and Naveed Shah, are Iraq vets who volunteer with Common Defense, an entire organization of veterans against Trump. “It’s beyond time for Congress to do their job and uphold the oath they swore and Impeach this President,” Pitts later tweeted. “I’m proud of myself and @ArmyofNaveed for keeping our oath and ruining @realDonaldTrump trip to the game!! #VetsForImpeachment.”
Trump must have expected some negative reaction because he planned to skip the presidential tradition of throwing the first pitch.
Trump won just 4 percent of the popular vote in the District of Colombia, so it’s no surprise that the stadium would be packed with critics of Trump. That said, it was Trump’s idea to attend the game. While MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that he and Trump discussed if he would like to throw the first pitch, as is the tradition for Presidents, Nationals owner Mark Lerner made it clear that he did not invite Trump to be honored with that ceremony.
Instead, the MLB chose José Andrés, a Spanish immigrant, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his work to aid Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
José Andrés is a world-famous chef and humanitarian, best known for creating a network that fed 2.2 million warm meals to Puerto Ricans in just forty days. Andrés has been an open critic of Trump, pulling out from a restaurant deal with the Trump International Hotel after Trump’s campaign announced its anti-immigration policy rooted in racist rhetoric. They were in a legal battle over the contract until 2017.
The MLB knew that Game 5 would be the only game Trump would attend. Andrés received a longer-than-usual, cheerful standing ovation.
Meanwhile, the entire Lerner family, owners of the Washington Nationals, actively tried to avoid interacting with Trump.
The Lerner family, who owns the Washington Nationals, requested Major League Baseball to protect the family from having to deny a request to sit with Trump, according to WUSA9. Instead, Trump sat in the Washington suite in Section 119.
Washington has spoken and spoken loudly.
Veterans organized their dissent. Fans hung an “Impeach Trump” sign along the rafters. A wealthy family refused to find common ground with Trump. The MLB strategically placed José Andrés and his message in front of a crowd who gave him a sustained standing ovation. Then, that same crowd spontaneously booed Trump, who left after the 10th inning.
Still, FOX News’ report of the same negative press for Trump was limited to, “They were greeted with mixed reaction.”