This past week at Game 5 of the World Series, President Donald Trump stopped by and when the stadium let people know he was there via plastering his face on-screen, the crowd let out a massive boo and chant of “Lock him up!” The chants set the political conversation going the following day, including on The View, where co-host Meghan McCain tried to downplay the significance of the protests via claiming the chants came from the “swamp.” Fellow co-hosts promptly pointed out that no, the locale the protests took place in does not negate the fact that everyday Americans including those who happen to live around D.C. are “pissed off” at Trump’s behavior.
After the show broadcast a clip of the impromptu stadium protest, McCain began:
‘I do think that crowd is important, though — that’s in the middle of the Washington, D.C. swamp. If he had been, I don’t know, at a Diamondbacks game, maybe it would have been a different reaction.’
The Diamondbacks are an Arizona-based team. Although that state has traditionally been considered rather “red,” just last year, they elected their first Democratic U.S. Senator in decades, so even there, the tides are changing.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg rebuffed McCain, explaining her take on how the protests could pop up on the very day that Trump announced that the leader of ISIS had (apparently) been killed:
‘I think people are pissed at him. I think people are legitimately angry at him — I was in Washington the night of the game… I saw a whole bunch of people in their jerseys going. It was a whole bunch of folks — black, white, Latino, Asian. It was just a whole bunch of people, and I think people just — they didn’t want to give him very much because, in a way, you’re all correct about what’s going on. People are annoyed with him, because you want to get up and be really on top of it, but you’ve done it so often, and he’s disappointed you so often, that people go, well I don’t know if I should believe you.’
Besides — McCain’s suggestion that there’s some base of support for the president out there in the void of America that would support him if he went to a game outside D.C. doesn’t exactly hold up. At present, RealClearPolitics says that about 48.8 percent of Americans approve not just impeaching Trump but removing him from office. That’s almost one out of every two Americans.
Co-host Joy Behar noted:
‘It a beautiful moment when we’re using his words against him, let’s face it.’
And co-host Sunny Hostin added:
‘It didn’t come from the suites. Those are the expensive seats. Those came from the upper seats, the seats where I sat in as a kid. Those aren’t the expensive seats, those are the people seats. So I think that you have this fervor coming. I even saw banners, Veterans for Impeachment — people are upset with this president.’
It’s true — at one point right behind home plate, there was a banner reading “Veterans for Impeachment.” So far, the main way that Trump himself has responded to the outbursts is via leaving the game early…