Few presidents have consistently elicited as strong of an emotional reaction as President Donald Trump.
Whether it’s love or hate, Trump has an uncanny ability to generate something deep inside people.
That was never more clear than when Trump walked onto the field of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium ahead of Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs.
Trump walked onto the field before the national anthem, walking out with ROTC members from both schools, to a passionate response.
It’s hard to discern just how much of the ovation was cheering versus booing.
Various conflicting reports immediately flooded social media, creating an interesting case study in Freudian tendencies.
It seems that people on social media predisposed to root for Trump heard thundering cheers with a smattering of boos.
People on social media predisposed to root against Trump heard overwhelming boos with scattered cheers.
The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, although it honestly did sound like there were more cheers than boos.
If, in fact, there were more cheers than boos, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Trump carried both Georgia and Alabama in the 2016 presidential election. He won Georgia by five points and Alabama by a hefty 30 points.
It’s certainly been a tumultuous journey for Trump to the national championship game.
Several groups planned various protests against Trump when it was first announced that he would be attending the title game.
The NAACP asked fans to wear white and wave white towels as a direct repudiation of Trump’s favorite “snowflakes” insult.
A group called Refuse Fascism ATL planned a mass kneel-down prior to the game as a direct affront to Trump.
The president made headlines in September when he ripped the NFL and its players who chose to kneel for the national anthem.
Trump is attending the game with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue — a Georgia native who played football for the Bulldogs as a freshman in 1965 — and Nick Ayers, a Georgia native who is Vice President Mike Pence’s top aide.
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