UPDATE: Apparently, whether Donald Trump was booed or cheered at his Madison Square Garden appearance is a matter of perspective. The New York Post proclaimed that the President was greeted with cheers, while more partisan opponents in the media claimed the boos outweighed the huzzahs.
Trump himself chose to tout the positives, with support from UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal.
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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. Plenty of MAGA & KAG present. Great energy. Fantastic job Dana! Heading to D.C. and then to Kentucky for a big @MattBevin Rally…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2019
UFC president Dana White has praised Trump for backing the UFC early on—including agreeing to host fights at his venues and watching from the front row. “Nobody took us seriously. Nobody. Except Donald Trump. Donald was the first guy to recognize the potential we saw in the UFC”
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) November 3, 2019
— Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) November 3, 2019
When the president arrived at Madison Square Garden to watch the fighters face off, the massive crowd quickly turned hostile.
Video posted on Twitter showed attendees standing and loudly booing the commander-in-chief.
Trump getting booed at UFC! LMAO! Even there?! pic.twitter.com/qzISfRBOfq
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 3, 2019
Adding to the insults, protesters gathered outside the arena after getting word that Trump would attend.
They pounded on bongos, carried signs saying “Trump/Pence Out Now!” in English and Spanish, and chanted “there’s a fascist in the White House” over a bullhorn.
Protesters gathered outside Madison Square Garden, where President Donald Trump was set to attend UFC 244.
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) November 3, 2019
It was the second time in less than a week that Trump was booed at a sporting event. He also got a chilly reception Sunday night at Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, D.C.
The president and first lady Melania Trump attended the game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. After quietly entering the stadium, Trump was shown on the big screen during a salute to veterans and the sold-out crowd erupted in boos.
Fans then began to chant “lock him up” in an apparent reference to the House impeachment inquiry, and a take on Trump’s taunts directed at Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.