President Donald Trump was recently booed when he showed up for Game 5 of the World Series. On Saturday night, November 2, he was booed again when he arrived for an MMA fight in New York City, a video shows. But people who were there say there were cheers too, including a standing ovation, so his visit was definitely better than the World Series one. A pro-MMA fighter later weighed in with a video that she says shows Trump being cheered. Read on to see the videos and find out more about what happened.
Videos Show Trump Was Booed at an MMA Fight, But He Was Also Cheered
Loud boos were heard in the MMA crowd when Trump showed up on Saturday night for a UFC match at Madison Square Garden. But people who were at the event say he was cheered too, maybe even more than he was booed. You can hear the crowd booing in the video below, but some cheers seem to be mixed in too.
Another video, shared by Tara LaRosa, a pro-MMA fighter, shows the crowd’s reaction to Trump. Her description of the video reads: “Pres. Trump arrives at Madison Square Garden to a positive reaction from the crowd ahead of #UFC244.”
The fight featured Nate Diaz against Jorge Masvidal.
In the first video, you can hear Trump being booed as he enters the room. However, that doesn’t tell the whole story. The New York Times reported that Trump was also greeted with a standing ovation at the fight when he stood and waved from his seat to the 20,000-member crowd. The New York Times described the boos as a “smattering of boos,” making it sound as if the cheers were more prominent.
The original video from Rob Taub describes Trump as being “massively booed as he entered the Garden for #UFC244.”
Here’s another video.
A CNN affiliate noted that Trump received both boos and cheers, which you can read in the tweet below.
In fact, the New York Post said there were more cheers than boos for Trump.
Dan Wetzel, a sports columnist for Yahoo, said that because the music inside MSG is so loud, you could hear some people booing him but you could also see some people waving at Trump.
Wetzel wrote on Twitter: “Mix of boos and cheers for Trump here at UFC. Better than baseball. He’ll be Octagonside. First US President to attend a mixed martial arts card. Mostly the music inside MSG is turned up so loud, you can’t hear much. Some people waving to him, some booing him.”
Todd Martin, a writer for UCLA Law, also said that there was a loud reaction to Trump and to him, it sounded like a mix of cheers and boos. He wrote: “Loud reaction to Trump. Lots of cheers and lots of boos. He’s on the opposite side of the Octagon.”
This was his first visit to New York City after declaring on Twitter that he’s moving away because of how he’s been treated there.
In a series of tweets, Trump recently wrote: “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House, is the place I have come to love and will stay for, hopefully, another 5 years as we MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, but my family and I will be making Palm Beach, Florida, our Permanent Residence. I cherish New York, and the people of….. ….New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state. Few have been treated worse. I hated having to make…. this decision, but in the end it will be best for all concerned. As President, I will always be there to help New York and the great people of New York. It will always have a special place in my heart!”
The mix of booing and cheering at the UFC fight came just days after he was booed at a World Series game. While there, the crowd chanted “Lock Him Up!” The UFC fight was definitely a better experience for Trump than the World Series game.
On November 1, Trump held a rally in Tupelo, Mississippi that was attended by more than 10,000 people.