- President Donald Trump compared the crowd’s reaction, which was a wave of boos along with cheers, when he arrived at a UFC match to the “great energy” of one of his rallies.
- Videos posted to social media captured a loud mixture of boos and cheers that greeted Trump as he took his seat at Madison Square Garden.
- Trump wrote that it “was a little bit like walking into a Trump Rally,” a setting known for raucous audiences turning out to support the president.
- It was Trump’s second time in less than a week being booed at a major sporting event after the crowd at Game 5 of the World Series chanted “Lock him up!” in reference to one of Trump’s jabs at Hillary Clinton.
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On Sunday, the morning after he was greeted at a UFC match with a mix of boos and cheers, President Donald Trump turned to Twitter to present his take.
“Walking into Madison Square Garden last night with @danawhite for the big @UFC Championship fight was a little bit like walking into a Trump Rally,” he wrote, referring to the UFC’s president, Dana White.
“Plenty of MAGA & KAG present,” he continued, using shorthand for his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” and its spin-off “Keep America Great.” “Great energy. Fantastic job Dana!”
Videos posted to social media showed an immediate reaction from the crowd to Trump entering the arena, and different videos seem to contain either more cheers or more boos, depending on where in the audience they were taken. Whether they were sounds of approval or protest, Trump has a point about the lively arena matching the energy of his often-raucous rallies.
Trump’s assessment came after “Fox & Friends” cast the crowd’s reaction in an equally positive light, focusing on the cheers one host said came from an appreciation for “the brawler style of a brawler president.”
The crowd at MSG as Trump takes his seat for the UFC fights pic.twitter.com/9ACcWCispp
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Trump watched the fighters Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal battle for the BMF, or “Baddest Motherf—er Belt,” with an entourage of some of his closest associates, including his sons Eric and Donald Jr., House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Republican Reps. Peter King and Mark Meadows.
It was Trump’s second time in less than a week being booed at a major sporting event. On October 27, the crowd at Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, DC, launched chants of “Lock him up!” using a version of one of Trump’s preferred jabs at the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
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