They chanted “lock him up” at the World Series and roundly booed him at a Ultimate Fighting Championship throwdown.
President Trump finally found some love from sports fans Saturday — at a college football game in Alabama.
Loud cheering greeted Trump and First Lady Melania Trump when their images flashed on the screen at a packed stadium in Tuscaloosa, where undefeated Alabama was facing rival Louisiana State.
The president smiled widely and waved to fans after the Crimson Tide flubbed a promising opening drive and turned over the football. No. 3 Alabama trailed second-ranked LSU 16-7 in the second quarter of the much-anticipated game.
Al.com, the state’s largest media company, said Trump received “overwhelming cheers.”
He was also greeted with flags and pro-Trump banners outside Bryant-Denny Stadium in the college town. Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 20% in the surrounding county in the 2016 presidential election and carried the ruby-red state by a whopping 28% margin.
Trump wasn’t alone in trying to make political hay out of the big game.
Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) planned to tailgate outside the stadium with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), who is an old friend of Alabama Coach Nick Saban.
Trump on Friday avoided wading into the crowded GOP primary to take on Jones. Ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions is running for his old Senate seat after being uncerimoniously ousted by the president after an acrimonious stint as the nation’s top legal officer.