ATLANTA — Months aft calling for a boycott of Major League Baseball, erstwhile President Donald Trump did the tomahawk chop with Atlanta Braves fans astatine Game 4 of the World Series connected Saturday night.
Trump stood beside his wife, Melania, arsenic helium chopped distant with fans earlier the crippled betwixt the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros from a backstage suite.
Trump was expected to beryllium joined by governmental allies, including U.S. Senate campaigner Herschel Walker.
Trump released a connection successful a wide email to his supporters Saturday astir his planned World Series appearance:
“Looking guardant to being astatine the World Series successful Atlanta tonight. Thank you to the Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred, and Randy Levine of the New York Yankees, for the invite. Melania and I are looking guardant to a fantastic evening watching 2 large teams!”
MLB denied making the invitation and said successful a statement, “He requested to be the game.”
Levine is the Yankees president.
The sojourn to Truist Park provided Trump an accidental to beryllium seen with Walker, the erstwhile University of Georgia Heisman Trophy victor and moving backmost with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and USFL New Jersey Generals.
Trump was an proprietor of the Generals erstwhile Walker played for the squad successful the now-defunct league, and they person maintained a relationship. Trump has encouraged Walker to tally for Senate.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell endorsed Walker connected Wednesday. Walker is seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Trump encouraged a boycott of MLB games aft Manfred removed the All-Star Game from Atlanta. The crippled alternatively was held successful Denver.
President Joe Biden supported moving the game, though immoderate Braves fans and businesses adjacent Truist Park complained they were being unfairly punished.
Manfred’s determination announced successful April followed a protestation of Georgia’s caller voting law, which includes an ID request for mail-in votes. Critics accidental the instrumentality volition negatively impact communities of color.
Trump whitethorn person selected Atlanta successful hopes of a much affirmative reception than helium received successful his past World Series appearance. When inactive successful office, helium was booed erstwhile helium sat successful the stands astatine Game 5 of the 2019 World Series betwixt the Astros and Washington astatine Nationals Park.
Trump was not shown connected the Truist Park video committee earlier the game.