For all the cries of “stick to sports” from those who view athletic events as a respite from the world of politics, even the hardliners must admit it’s getting hard to separate the two.
It’s especially hard to avoid combining state and sports when fans are openly campaigning at the ballpark.
Look no further than Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Sometime around the eighth inning, fans in right field unfurled a large banner advocating for the re-election of Donald Trump for president in 2020.
Not even baseball is devoid of politics now. Trump 2020 sign unfurled at the Yankee game during the 8th inning pic.twitter.com/6AAyT6pOBM
— Dina Berliner (@DinaBerliner) July 29, 2018
Trump offered his public thanks for the support on Instagram on Tuesday, too.
A post shared by President Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Jul 31, 2018 at 11:16am PDT
Granted, the midterm elections haven’t occurred yet, so it’s hard to think past this year, but the Yankees should really focus on getting to October before they set their sights on November.
With Aaron Judge on the disabled list, and New York still five games back of the Red Sox in the American League East, it’d be silly to start looking looking this far ahead. The trade deadline hasn’t even passed yet. And August is always a tough stretch with every contending team searching high and low for momentum.
There hasn’t been any word on the fans who brought the banner to the game or how long it was allowed to stay up. With Donald Trump having won just 5 percent of the vote in The Bronx in the 2016 election, the more curious question here is how did the banner make it into Yankee Stadium at all?
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