TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – President Donald Trump knows where to go on Saturday for home field advantage, finding solace in the Deep South with college football fans cheering the top two teams – and he.
His acceptance of the showdown between Louisiana State and Alabama contrasts with the scene in Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, where he was booed, and his mixed response to his appearance in a martial arts fight in New York.
Trump, sitting in a tier above the field, waved as fans turned around to look at the president. He smiled, gave a thumbs-up a few times and threw some fist bumps into the air as Alabama fans waved red and white pompoms in response. First lady Melania Trump got an equal meet.
There is little sign of political sentiment on campus but many bipartisan are angry about long lines coming in because of improved security. Trump missed the fourth quarter of the game, winning LSU 46-41.
The inflatable figure depicting a baby Trump wearing a diaper, seen at protests around the world, made an appearance in Tuscaloosa.
The team organizer who "adopted" the wolf for the event told police a man with a knife cut an 8-foot-long gash behind it, swept it away. Tuscaloosa police said in a statement that a 32-year-old local man was charged with criminal mischief in the incident.
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Cellphone-clad orange, diaper-clad, caricature is often taken in Trump's appearances as a way to protest him.
Baby Trump first rises in London. when local activists brainstorm a way to troll Trump. Today many groups are saving money to carry wolf replicas around the US.
The day is coming to an end. most are fine, Kennedy said.
Some people shouted "Trump 2020" as they passed while others posed for balloon selfies. But Kennedy said someone slipped behind the balloon and attacked it with a knife. He fled but was caught by police, Kennedy said.
Kennedy claimed to have accompanied Baby Trump on numerous occasions and never witnessed a balloon attack, although someone stabbed a Baby Trump balloon in London earlier this year.  "It's rare to get this kind of anger," Kennedy said.
A protester carried a sign saying "Roll Tide Impeach 45" and another was holding a sign stating that he had sold his ticket and given the money to the Alabama Democratic Party.
But there are more signs of pro-Trump. One woman wore an oversized MAGA hat and carried a sign that said: "Restore BAMA # 1." There were flags made up of "Trump 2020 ″ and banners that read:" Keep the Great America of Trump 2020. "
Presidents used sporting events to woo support, but these events were became a place for fans to express their own political horizons.
Suzanne Ciechalski contributed.