Thousands of fans booed President Donald Trump on Sunday evening, with a number of them chanting “lock him up” during game five of the World Series.
(If you haven’t yet watched the moment Trump gets booed, and his reaction to it, you can do so by clicking here.)
The event was shared countless times on social media, and many relished in the fact that a chant Trump had been happy to hear at campaign rallies in 2016 against his political rival was instead being used for him. But others weren’t so happy to hear about it.
Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, hosts of the MSNBC program “Morning Joe,” both objected to the chanting against Trump during their Monday morning broadcast. Brzezinski posted on social media her misgivings about the chant as well.
“I understand the chanting at the game, but I worry it is dangerous when it happens — On both sides,” she said in a tweet. “It’s been a consistent concern on my part.”
For 3 Hours a day, we call out corrupt politicians. We call out Trump. If u want to make your voice heard, vote. I understand the chanting at the game-But, I worry it is dangerous when it happens-On both sides. It’s been a consistent concern on my part. Thank u for ur opinions!!
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) October 28, 2019
Others have defended the booing and chanting aimed toward Trump, noting that his actions as president justify anger and disdain.
“The president has publicly declared his contempt for the rule of law and attempted to subvert it in myriad ways,” New York Magazine columnist Eric Levitz wrote earlier this week. He also noted that comparisons to Trump’s rallies and this event over the weekend were apples-to-oranges — in one instance, it was a political leader relishing in the chants of his supporters clamoring for a political rival to be locked up; but in the other instance, it was a large crowd of people challenging the established leader who no longer represents (and perhaps never did) the interests of the nation.
“Americans did not win their republic by respecting the offices of tyrants,” Levitz noted.
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