WASHINGTON – A prominent politician shows up at a major sports event. Many in the crowd hoot and boo, some delivering shouted insults about his character. The politician just smiles and waves to the fans who are cheering.
That’s right: Bill Clinton at the Southern 500 stock car race in 1992.
And Donald Trump at the World Series just two weeks ago, not to mention a long line of other presidents who have mixed politics and sports.
Clinton, then a presidential candidate, laughed off the bombast he encountered that day at the track in Darlington, S.C., reminding reporters of his days as Arkansas governor: “I was booed at an Arkansas football game after I won two-thirds of the state.”
Trump’s response to his rough treatment at the baseball park: More sporting events.
After an appearance last weekend at an Ultimate Fighting Championship bout in New York City, where he heard cheers as well as scattered boos, Trump heads Saturday to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for a big-time college football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers.
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