President Trump on Saturday is expected to attend a pivotal college football matchup between the Tigers of Louisiana State University and the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama, a pair of unbeaten teams ranked No. 1. 2 and 3 respectively in the College Football Playoff Rankings.
The game – set to kick off around 3:30 p.m. The ET of Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Will play in a state Trump won by a huge margin in the 2016 presidential election. But it's not clear – following recent World Series boos in Washington, and a mixed reaction from fans of mixed martial arts in New York –; what most football fans will respond to.
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"I think it's really exciting that he chose to come here," Alabama student Mackenzie Selldin, 21, told AL.com. "I think that stimulation will stop booing."
"I think it was really exciting that he chose to come here. I think booing can be overstated."
] "He needs a team that will make him happy, not him," Rich Crow, a retired professor of social work, told the outlet, referring to the president's past baseball and MMA stops.
On Thursday night, hundreds of people, many wearing "Make America Again" red hats, bought tickets to attend Donald Trump Jr.'s "Triggered." book launch at a mall in Birmingham, AL.com reported. The president's son arrived in Alabama shortly after his controversial appearance on "The View" earlier in the day – but whether the president's eldest son will join his father in a football game is unclear.
Meanwhile, local anti-Trump activists, Trace Fayard and Nic Gulas, have raised nearly $ 8,000 to pay for a giant independent balloon "Trump Baby" set up by four blocks just from Tuscaloosa's Bryant-Denny Stadium, The Washington Post reported.
A crowdfunding page titled The Baby Trump to Tuscaloosa ”exceeds the $ 4,000 required to rent and transport a 20-foot tall blow-up caricature of a scowling, orange-haired president to a safety-turned diaper, at the University of Alabama stadium. The wolf first made headlines last year during London protests over Trump's visit to the United Kingdom. The crowdfunding page said the extra funds will be donated to Montgomery, Ala.-based Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit aimed at combating mass incarceration and racial inequities.
The Alabama student government confronted him at the moment following a warning to student organizations that anyone who engaged in "disturbing behavior" in the game would be removed from the stadium and lose their sitting for the rest of the time. This move was seen by some as an attempt to discourage students from protesting Trump's attendance during the game.
But a student government official later issued a warning.
"Through disruptive behavior, we ask students to respect all students and staff and prevent riots," SGA Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Rothfarb said in a statement a statement on Wednesday. "My email has nothing to do with the rights to the Ancient Reformation and sorry for any confusion. Please express yourself and especially your pride in the Tide!"
Rothfarb's initial email asked organizations to fill their seating sections rather than normal given the added security that came with the president's arrival at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
A small group of about a dozen people participated in an incredible protest at the University of Alabama on Friday against Trump's expected arrival over the weekend. the Student Justice Coalition is sitting on the steps of a campus building, holding signs calling the president a racist, claiming they hate Trump "more than Auburn," AL.com reported.
Saturday's game was the third major sporting event the president attended in 13 days. On October 27, Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. Then last Saturday night, the president attended a UFC welterweight championship battle between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Fox News & Ryan Gaydos and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.